New Delhi, June 20: Taking a dig at a number of the G-23 leaders who’ve renewed their name for reforms within the Congress, senior chief Salman Khurshid on Sunday requested whether or not these calling for organisational polls have gotten to the place they’re within the occasion in the identical method, and asserted that reform is achieved by sacrificing, not by all of a sudden questioning one thing that one has “taken benefit of” over time.
Days after G-23 chief M Veerappa Moily harassed the necessity for a “main surgical procedure” on the occasion to make it electorally extra aggressive, Khurshid stated these “great phrases” are not the reply as occasion leaders want to take a seat down and provide you with options to the challenges which have arisen within the final 10 years.
In an interview with PTI, Khurshid additionally stated that it was for Rahul Gandhi to determine whether or not he desires to contest the occasion’s presidential polls or not, however asserted that with or with out being occasion president he stays “our chief”.
Asked about Kapil Sibal’s name for widespread reforms throughout all ranges of the organisation and Moily calling for a “main surgical procedure” on the occasion, the previous Union minister took a dig saying, “I’m fairly pleased for the key surgical procedure however what do you need to take away — my liver, kidney, simply someone inform me what surgical procedure you need to do.
” Khurshid, who’s among the many leaders thought of near the Gandhi household, stated the “surgical procedure” must be carried out on the occasion but it surely have to be made clear what one will lose and what one will obtain by it.
“These great phrases are not the reply, we have to get to the underside (of the issue), we have to get to the within, earlier than surgical procedure, we have to do X-rays, ultrasounds,” the 68-year-old stated utilizing medical analogies.
The senior Congress chief stated he does not perceive when individuals say “allow us to do surgical procedure, reform, convey a few elementary change” and desires that they’d clearly clarify what they imply by it.
“If they imply that there must be a reshuffle and they need to be given the highest positions, then that’s not reform or surgical procedure. That is simply saying ‘I need the job’. So, I feel there must be a dialog,” he stated.
Khurshid asserted that the leaders calling for reform ought to have had a dialogue with different leaders as nicely.
“Why hasn’t someone talked to me and stated allow us to do that for the occasion? (it’s as) if solely they exist and wish reform,” he stated referring to the ‘Group of 23’ leaders who had written to occasion chief Sonia Gandhi and sought in depth organisational revamp final 12 months.
But since then, out of that group, Jitin Prasada has converted to the BJP whereas many have apparently distanced themselves from the group.
Pointing out that the ‘Group of 23’ leaders, which included the likes of Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Moily and Sibal, had sought main organisational revamp, he stated they solely stated there must be elections within the occasion.
“Nobody is in opposition to the election, there must be an election. It would have been very good if that they had reminded us of which election they received to get the place they’re. If they reminded us of that it could be straightforward for us to grasp,” he stated, taking a swipe on the G-23 leaders.
“But somebody who talks about elections who has by no means received anyplace with elections prior to now I feel is being a bit of unfair to us,” Khurshid stated.
Talking additional in regards to the G-23 leaders’ demand for organisational polls, he stated they need elections in any respect ranges and “I simply need to know — is that the best way they’ve to the place they’re”.
“Which occasion has elections in any respect ranges in India? Elections in any respect ranges in India, how helpful, tough and hurtful they’ve been, panchayat elections. We should have a separate election fee of the facility that the Election Commission of India has as a result of the Congress occasion is a big occasion,” he argued.
There are many questions and leaders want to take a seat and discuss it, he stated, including that they actually want not go to the press looking for reforms.
On criticism that the Congress is in decline as it’s not taking the trail of reforms, he stated many individuals who expressed dissatisfaction have carried out very nicely out of the system that the occasion has.
Noting that each occasion has to reform now and again, Khurshid stated each reform does not come by all of a sudden questioning one thing that “you’ve taken benefit of”.
“Reform comes while you quit what you’ve acquired. Say that I have to make a sacrifice as a result of I need some change to occur.
Therefore, the very first thing that I’ll do is to surrender what I’ve acquired to make an instance to individuals, in any other case individuals suppose you might be being hypocritical,” he stated in an obvious dig on the G-23 leaders.
“You have gotten one thing, loved it, and now you need extra and subsequently you might be speaking about reform.
Reform means when all people has to take a seat down” and take into consideration what’s required, he stated.
Asserting that there is no such thing as a shying away from that election, Khurshid stated it could occur however that is not the time to gather 5,000 individuals and get them to return and vote.
On whether or not polls must be performed for the Congress Working Committee (CWC), Khurshid stated the Constitution of the occasion will dictate what’s to be carried out and “we are going to abide by it”.
“I need to know the way many individuals who need elections for the CWC had been within the CWC by an election prior to now,” he stated.
“I’m ready for my leaders to take a name, they know what is nice for the occasion, what is nice for the nation. I’m not in a rush,” he asserted.
Khurshid additionally pointed to the impression of coronavirus on the occasion for not going forward with organizational polls and cited the lack of senior leaders resembling Ahmed Patel and Motilal Vora to Covid as causes for slowing down the method.
He additionally hit out younger leaders resembling Jitin Prasada for crossing over to the BJP, saying they most likely nonetheless think about the Congress ideology, however their ambition could have prompted them to make the swap.
Story first printed: Sunday, June 20, 2021, 16:05 [IST]