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“Met Manmohan Singh, Have not Met Rahul Gandhi In 4 Years”: Congress Chief

mentioned there’s a management vacuum in in a number of states. (File)


Congress chief and former Maharashtra chief minister Chavan, a member of a bunch of dissidents within the get together, has mentioned that he has not been capable of meet senior chief within the final 4 years.

There was no ‘chintan’ or introspection on the latest Congress conclave in Udaipur, he informed the Occasions of India podcast which launched on Thursday.

“I sometimes meet Dr Manmohan Singh every time I’m in Delhi. However his well being will not be what it was once earlier. He’s all the time hospitable and able to discuss. I’ve additionally met every time I sought time, however I have not been capable of meet Rahul Gandhi for very long time…I feel in 4 years. There’s a grievance that the get together management will not be as accessible appropriately,” mentioned Mr Chavan throughout the interview.

The previous Union minister is a part of the G-23, a bunch of dissident leaders who’re urgent for organizational reforms within the Grand Previous Get together which has suffered one electoral setback after one other within the latest years. Talking in regards to the Udaipur assembly, Mr Chavan mentioned the Congress president had agreed to carry a “chintan shibir” to debate the problems earlier than the get together, however somebody “extra loyal than the king” determined {that a} chintan or introspection wasn’t wanted.

“So, the Udaipur assembly was a ‘nav-sankalp (new decision) shibir.’ The get together felt {that a} autopsy was not wanted and it solely wanted to have a look at the longer term,” he mentioned.

“There ought to have been an sincere introspection, to not repair accountability or grasp individuals, however to make sure that we do not repeat these errors. After the Assam and Kerala Meeting polls, a committee was shaped to enter the get together’s efficiency. However the committee’s report was buried in a cabinet, which isn’t within the right spirit of issues,” he mentioned.

Mr Chavan additionally mentioned that Kapil Sibal, who lately give up the get together, felt strongly that the Congress management wasn’t getting sincere recommendation, and `nominated’ individuals solely give the recommendation which the management likes.

”If we wish to defeat (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi in 2024, we’ve got to do effectively within the ensuing 12 state Meeting elections. We now have to have a big, broad coalition of like-minded events,” he mentioned.

The Congress was seeing a tussle between “individuals of expertise” and other people of “power”, however a mixture of the 2 is fascinating, he mentioned.

Requested about selections taken throughout the Nav-sankalp shibir, Chavan mentioned these selections must be ratified by the All India Congress Committee (AICC) earlier than they grow to be binding.

”We anticipated a chintan (introspection), which is a troublesome train. Reviews of the committees arrange after the earlier election debacles ought to have been mentioned,” he mentioned.

Division of votes helped the win, and a big coalition must be led by Congress as a nationwide various, Mr Chavan mentioned.

There was a management vacuum in Congress in a number of states, so regional events try to fill that house, he mentioned, including that constructing a big coalition of like-minded events was troublesome, however not not possible.

”If we lose in 2024, the spirit of liberal democracy will probably be misplaced. We now have to undertake elections within the get together on the earliest,” Mr Chavan mentioned. He additionally opined that pursuing “gentle Hindutva” was not an excellent technique as individuals would somewhat go in for the BJP’s “onerous Hindutva” in that case.

”No Muslim voted for Congress in Uttar Pradesh. We now have to outline secularism very appropriately. A state has no faith. It can’t choose one faith over one other,” the Congress chief mentioned.

(This story has not been edited by IHNS workers and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)



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