Asserting that appointed Congress president might not have even one per cent help within the occasion, senior chief Ghulam Nabi Azad, one of many signatories to the “dissident” letter, on Thursday pitched for elections to the Congress Working Committee and key organisational posts of state chiefs, district presidents, block presidents and stated that these opposing are afraid of dropping their positions.
Whereas including that prospects of the occasion can be higher if elected physique leads the occasion in any other case “Congress will proceed to take a seat within the Opposition for the following 50 years.”
“If you contest the election a minimum of 51 per cent is with you and also you contest the election towards solely 2 to three folks inside the occasion. An individual who will get 51 per cent of votes might be elected. Others will get 10 or 15 per cent votes. The one that wins and get cost of the publish of half president, it signifies that 51 per cent persons are with him. The election has the profit that if you combat elections, a minimum of your occasion is 51 per cent behind you. Proper now, the one who turns into president won’t even have one per cent help. If CWC members are elected then they can’t be eliminated. So what’s the downside,” Ghulam Nabi Azad advised ANI.
“ Others who stood second, third or fourth will assume that we now have to strengthen the occasion whereas working laborious and can win subsequent time. However, the president who’s elected now doesn’t have even the help of 1 per cent of occasion staff,” he stated whereas reiterating that elections make the muse of the occasion sturdy.
Drawing consideration to the implications of not conducting the elections on the occasion’s prospects within the elections, he stated that Congress occasion has been appointing “somebody as occasion president within the state” who comes and goes to Delhi and who’re beneficial by large occasion leaders.
The remarks got here three days after the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the best decision-making physique of the occasion handed a decision and requested Sonia Gandhi “to proceed to steer the Indian Nationwide Congress” till such time as circumstances will allow an AICC session to be convened.
“We even have no idea whether or not such individuals have the help of 1 per cent or 100 per cent. There are numerous who wouldn’t have even 1 per cent help. This occurs within the state, district, CWC elections for occasion management. An appointed particular person could be eliminated however an elected particular person can’t be eliminated. What’s mistaken with this,” he stated.
He strongly criticised leaders who’re opposing the elections, saying, the people who find themselves claiming to be the loyalists are literally doing low-cost politics and are detrimental to the pursuits of the occasion and to the nation.
Slamming these for opposing elections, Rajya Sabha member stated, “These office-bearers or state unit presidents or block district presidents who assault our proposal know that they are going to be nowhere when elections occur. Whoever is genuinely invested within the Congress will welcome the letter. I’ve stated that State, district and block president of the occasion ought to be elected by the occasion staff,” he stated.
He lamented for not holding the elections within the occasion for the previous a number of many years, “For the final many many years, we wouldn’t have elected our bodies within the occasion. Possibly we must always have pushed for it 10-15 yrs in the past. Now we’re dropping elections after elections, and if we now have to return again we have to strengthen our occasion by holding elections.”
“If my occasion needs to be in opposition for the following 50 years, then there isn’t any want for elections inside the occasion,” he stated.
Mentioning that the only goal is to make Congress lively and powerful, he stated, “However those that merely obtained ‘appointment playing cards’ proceed to oppose our proposal. What’s the hurt in having elected CWC members who may have fastened tenures within the occasion.”
“Anybody who has a real curiosity within the inner working dynamics of Congress would welcome our proposal to have each state and district president as being elected. Your complete Congress Working Committee ought to be elected,” Azad stated.
Azad, who’s Chief of Opposition within the Rajya Sabha, stated their effort was to make the occasion sturdy and lively and people who merely obtained “appointment playing cards” proceed to oppose their proposal.
Stressing that he has no private ambitions however is loyal to his occasion, he stated, “I had CM as soon as, Union Cupboard Minister, CWC member and normal secretary of the occasion, I don’t want something for me. I’ll stay in lively politics for the following 5 to 7 years. I don’t need to be occasion president. As a real congressman, I need elections inside the occasion for the betterment of the occasion”.
Rajya Sabha member stated that Congress employee who has little curiosity within the occasion welfare will welcome his letter.
The CWC assembly was held on August 24 within the backdrop of a letter through which Azad and 22 different leaders had referred to as for “full time” lively management, sweeping reforms and elections of the CWC. There was additionally a suggestion for a mechanism for collective management to information the occasion’s revival.
A number of leaders within the occasion, together with occasion chief ministers, had raised questions over the letter and the difficulty figured within the CWC assembly.
Other than hailing the management of Sonia Gandhi, the CWC additionally lauded the position of occasion chief Rahul Gandhi, saying he has resolutely led the combat towards the BJP-led authorities from the entrance.
Sonia Gandhi continues to stay as interim president of the occasion in August final yr after Rahul Gandhi resigned taking accountability for the occasion’s dismal efficiency within the Lok Sabha polls. (ANI)