Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad after a meeting with President Ram Nath Kovind at South Block, in New Delhi, India on Wednesday, September 23, 2020. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times)

‘Giving clean chit to Gandhis because…’: Azad on criticism of Congress leadership

Senior Congress chief Ghulam Nabi Azad on Sunday reiterated his demand for overhaul of the celebration and mentioned there isn’t a change in his demand for holding inside elections. He mentioned these elections are vital if Congress desires to grow to be a nationwide different.

“Congress is at its lowest in 72 years. Congress does not have even the post of Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha during the last two terms. But Congress won 9 seats in Ladakh hill council elections even as we were not expecting such a positive result,” Azad mentioned whereas chatting with information company ANI.

Speaking concerning the celebration’s management, Azad mentioned, “Till the time, we change our way of functioning at every level, things won’t change. Leadership needs to give a programme to party workers and hold elections for posts. One should be so indispensable that leadership asks for you in your absence.”

He added, “I’m giving a clean chit to Gandhis due to Covid-19 pandemic as they can’t do much right now. There’s no change in our demands. They’ve agreed to most of our demands. Our leadership should hold elections if they want to become a national alternative and revive the party.”

Azad, together with 22 different leaders, had rebelled earlier this yr on August 7 and despatched a letter to Congress chief, calling for a “visible”, “effective” and “full-time” chief; elections in any respect ranges within the celebration; and establishing an institutional management mannequin to collectively information the celebration, amongst different steps.

Four of the 23 leaders – Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mukul Wasnik, Anand Sharma and Jitin Prasada – have been then members of the celebration’s working committee CWC. Other senior leaders who’ve signed the letter included Kapil Sibal, Shashi Tharoor, Manish Tiwari, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, and Prithviraj Chavan.

The letter had sparked stormy and marathon session of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the best decision-making physique within the celebration, adopted by heavy criticism of those that signed the letter, and the main focus of the dialogue was largely on its timing, and its leak, moderately than on its substance.