Senior Congress chief M Veerappa Moily on Sunday stated some leaders “misused” the G-23 and asserted that if anybody persists with its institutionalisation it could be for “vested interest” as reform of the get together was already underway underneath Sonia Gandhi.
The former Union minister additionally voiced robust help for ballot strategist Prashant Kishor’s induction into the Congress and stated these opposing his entry into the get together had been “anti-reform”.
In an interview with PTI, Moily, who was among the many 23 leaders who wrote to Gandhi final 12 months searching for organizational overhaul, opposed the institutionalisation of the G-23 and stated “some of us put our signatures only for reform of the party from within and to rebuild the party, not to destroy it”.
“Some of our leaders misused the G-23. No sooner did Sonia ji think of reforming the party from within and from the grassroots level, we did not subscribe to the idea of G-23,” the senior Congress chief stated, with out taking any names.
He stated with the initiation of reform underneath get together chief Sonia Gandhi’s management, the G-23 has “no role and has become irrelevant”.
“If they (some leaders) persist (with G-23) that means there is a vested interest for a few of them to work against the Congress party which we don’t subscribe to and rather oppose it,” Moily stated.
Anybody who once more makes use of the instrument of G-23 is doing an important disservice to the Indian National Congress and its legacy, he stated, including such actions would assist the Congress’ rivals.
His remarks assume significance as many leaders of the G-23 have both distanced themselves from it or have been silent following the letter they wrote final 12 months. Out of that group of 23 leaders who wrote to Sonia Gandhi, Jitin Prasada has converted to the BJP.
Just a few members of the G-23 had acquired collectively at social gatherings a few instances at Kapil Sibal’s residence just lately and reportedly mentioned get together points. At one of many gatherings, Sibal had invited a bunch of opposition leaders as properly to his residence.
Moily stated the “major surgery” of the get together that he has been speaking about to revitalize the organisation was already being contemplated by Sonia Gandhi.
“She (Sonia Gandhi) is active and taking decisions, such decisions are needed,” he stated, including he was proud of the steps taken by the get together chief.
Asked about hypothesis that Kishor might be part of the Congress, Moily stated it was advisable that he joins the Congress and injects reforms from inside.
Moily urged these inside the get together opposing Kishor’s entry into the Congress not to take action, saying it was vital for the nation and the Congress that the get together be reformed, which, he stated, was the intention of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.
According to sources, Congress president Sonia Gandhi will take a remaining name on the induction of Kishor and has held discussions with a number of senior leaders on the difficulty.
Asked if he thinks Kishor’s induction can be useful for the get together, Moily stated the ballot strategist has proved that he’s profitable in understanding methods.
“Instead of working from outside, if he joins the party, it will be quite beneficial,” he added.
“Let there be strong willpower to join hands with Sonia ji to ensure that the party’s organisation is strengthened within a couple of months. This is what I proposed that Prashant Kishor can inject that kind of resurgence of the Congress party (that is needed) by plan and design,” Moily stated.
He additionally stated the Congress is the primary plank of the politics of this nation.
“We may lose sometimes but it cannot be said that we will lose forever. For example, in 1977 we lost and in 1980 with all the allegations against her (Indira Gandhi), ultimately the people found that they wanted the Congress and Indira ji came back, this is the history of the Congress,” he stated when requested about NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s remarks suggesting that Congress’ scenario was now like impoverished landlords.
Moily additionally identified that Pawar himself has acknowledged that Congress was the one get together in energy in a number of states that might tackle the BJP.
“Congress is the fulcrum of the strength of the politics of this country,” Moily asserted.
Asked if Congress can be the fulcrum of an Opposition alliance to tackle the BJP in 2024 elections, he answered within the affirmative.
“Ultimately the government cannot function to serve the interest of a group of people, few castes or few religions, it cannot be done. Just because the people are silent it does not mean that they cannot stage a political revolution, they can do it but only under the leadership of the Congress,” Moily stated.
It must be remembered that the integrity of the Constitution of India is underneath risk underneath the NDA regime, he alleged.
Hitting out at these alleging that the Congress was all about the advantage of one household, Moily stated Sonia Gandhi had sacrificed for the nation and by no means hankered for posts.
“We should not forget that Sonia ji represents martyrs like Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, and also the Congress’ virtues brought independence and sustained democracy in the nation,” he stated.
The Congress is the spine of forces to tackle the BJP, Moily stated.
Asked about calls from inside the Congress that Rahul Gandhi must be made the chief of the get together once more, he stated the Wayanad MP was finest suited to guide the get together however added that presently it was vital to show consideration to reorganise and revamp the get together.