Congress’s Ghulam Nabi Azad, one of many key dissenters within the get together, as we speak provided one other rationalization of the get together’s current droop on the subject of elections. Talking in the midst of the newest controversy to hit the get together — sharp criticism by get together colleague Kapil Sibal after the Bihar election — Mr Azad mentioned leaders who get a ticket now flip their backs on the warmth and mud of marketing campaign, preferring as a substitute to stay ensconced in 5-star consolation.
“The issue with our leaders is that in the event that they get a celebration ticket, they first e-book a 5-star lodge. Even there they need a deluxe place. Then they won’t transfer with out an air-conditioned automobile. They won’t go to locations the place there may be an untarred street,” he advised information company ANI.
“Elections usually are not fought from 5-star inns… We will not win till we alter this tradition,” he added.
From helicopter exterior in-charges to poor management from the highest, a lot has been cited as the explanation for the get together’s dismal efficiency.
“Many blame the leaders. The Congress President of Rahul Gandhi,” Mr Azad mentioned, pointing as a substitute to native leaders of the get together who’re appointed to high posts.
“They’ve misplaced the connection to the folks. The block leaders or district leaders. The second somebody will get a rank, they print their letter pads and visiting playing cards and suppose the job is finished. However that’s the place the work begins,” he added.
Indicating that the highest management was not going mistaken both, he mentioned underneath Sonia Gandhi, the Congress gained 5 states in 4 to 5 years, “Once I was in-charge of election affairs”.
“We gained in Karnataka, Kerala and we fashioned an alliance in Tamil Nadu. In Andhra Pradesh, we gained in 2004. The get together management didn’t intrude within the get together functioning,” he mentioned.
“In Andhra Pradesh, we had 5 parliamentary seats which elevated to 37 in 2004. The UPA-I authorities was fashioned primarily due to Congress’s efficiency in Andhra Pradesh. Within the Meeting elections, our seats elevated to round 180. In a single-and-a-half years, I visited Delhi solely thrice. I visited Hyderabad metropolis solely twice as a lot of the programmes had been performed within the rural areas. I had remained union minister however nonetheless, I labored within the rural areas. Elections usually are not gained via a five-star tradition,” he added.
He mentioned that so long as office-bearers usually are not elected however appointed, they might not join with the grassroots. There must be people who find themselves elected, Mr Azad added.
Within the interview with The Indian Categorical, Mr Sibal had pointed to the get together’s reverses in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, and mentioned he had been pressured to go public together with his views as “There was no dialogue and there appears to be no effort for a dialogue by the management”.
Three key leaders within the Congress had been vocal with their criticism about his remarks.
Amongst them Salman Khurshid, a Gandhi household loyalist, had mentioned, “I’ve mentioned very clearly that the Gandhis are leaders of the Congress. No person can deny this. I do not fear about whether or not or not we have now a president”.