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 might be for “vested curiosity” as reform of the get together was already underway underneath Sonia Gandhi.
The previous Union minister additionally voiced sturdy assist 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 yr searching for organizational overhaul, opposed the institutionalisation of the G-23 and stated “a few of us put our signatures just for reform of the get together from inside and to rebuild the get together, to not destroy it”.
“A few of our leaders misused the G-23. No sooner did Sonia ji consider reforming the get together from inside and from the grassroots degree, we didn’t subscribe to the concept 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 function and has develop into irrelevant”.
“In the event that they (some leaders) persist (with G-23) which means there’s a vested curiosity for a couple of of them to work in opposition to the Congress get together which we don’t subscribe to and somewhat oppose it,” Moily stated.
Anyone 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 yr. Out of that group of 23 leaders who wrote to Sonia Gandhi, Jitin Prasada has converted to the BJP.
A couple of members of the G-23 had obtained collectively at social gatherings a few occasions at Kapil Sibal’s residence just lately and reportedly mentioned get together points. At one of many gatherings, Sibal had invited a number of opposition leaders as effectively to his residence.
Moily stated the “main surgical procedure” 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 lively and taking choices, such choices are wanted,” he stated, including he was proud of the steps taken by the get together chief.
Requested about hypothesis that Kishor may be a 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.
In line with sources, Congress president Sonia Gandhi will take a last name on the induction of Kishor and has held discussions with a number of senior leaders on the problem.
Requested 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 figuring out methods.
“As a substitute of working from outdoors, if he joins the get together, will probably be fairly useful,” he added.
“Let there be sturdy willpower to affix arms with Sonia ji to make sure that the get together’s organisation is strengthened inside a few months. That is what I proposed that Prashant Kishor can inject that sort of resurgence of the Congress get together (that’s wanted) by plan and design,” Moily stated.
He additionally stated the Congress is the principle plank of the politics of this nation.
“We could lose typically however it can’t be stated that we are going to lose eternally. For instance, in 1977 we misplaced and in 1980 with all of the allegations in opposition to her (Indira Gandhi), in the end the individuals discovered that they needed the Congress and Indira ji got here again, that is the historical past of the Congress,” he stated when requested about NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s remarks suggesting that Congress’ state of affairs 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 power of the politics of this nation,” Moily asserted.
Requested if Congress can be the fulcrum of an Opposition alliance to tackle the BJP in 2024 elections, he answered within the affirmative.
“Finally the federal government can’t perform to serve the curiosity of a gaggle of individuals, few castes or few religions, it can’t be accomplished. Simply because the individuals are silent it doesn’t imply that they can’t stage a political revolution, they will do it however solely underneath the management of the Congress,” Moily stated.
It ought to be remembered that the integrity of the Structure of India is underneath menace underneath the NDA regime, he alleged.
Hitting out at these alleging that the Congress was all about the good thing about one household, Moily stated Sonia Gandhi had sacrificed for the nation and by no means hankered for posts.
“We should always not overlook that Sonia ji represents martyrs like Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, and in addition the Congress’ virtues introduced independence and sustained democracy within the nation,” he stated.
The Congress is the spine of forces to tackle the BJP, Moily stated.
Requested about calls from inside the Congress that Rahul Gandhi ought to be made the chief of the get together once more, he stated the Wayanad MP was finest suited to steer the get together however added that presently it was vital to show consideration to reorganise and revamp the get together.