Congress’s top leadership must see ideological commitment while promoting leaders: Moily on Jitin’s exit
Congress chief Veerappa Moily stated the top leadership ought to make a correct evaluation of leaders within the get together, asserting that “one cannot make people leaders when they do not deserve it”
A day after Jitin Prasada switched to the BJP, senior Congress chief M. Veerappa Moily on June 10 stated the Congress must endure a “major surgery” and never rely simply on legacy, asserting that the top leadership must give primacy to ideological commitment while giving accountability to leaders.
Alleging that Mr. Prasada had positioned “personal ambition” over the whole lot else, Mr. Moily stated the Uttar Pradesh chief’s ideological commitment was suspect from the start and the get together profitable zero seats in West Bengal underneath his cost confirmed that he was incompetent.
In an interview with PTI, Mr. Moily additionally stated the top leadership ought to make a correct evaluation of leaders within the get together, asserting that “one cannot make people leaders when they do not deserve it”.
The Congress has to rethink and re-strategise a few of these issues after which solely the get together can come up, the previous Union Minister stated.
“Properly reorganise the party with proper people in positions and not put incompetent people [in positions of responsibility] who cannot deliver. This is a lesson, the Congress needs to make an introspection in the face of the developments,” Mr. Moily stated, making solutions for the get together’s excessive command.
Asked if Mr. Prasada’s exit from the Congress has a message for the get together top brass, he stated they must give significance to leaders’ antecedents, ideology and their method to the widespread folks, while appointing them to positions of significance.
Mr. Moily, who had prompt after the 2019 polls debacle that the Congress has to endure a significant surgical procedure to be aggressive, stated the get together had lengthy delayed that main surgical procedure and it was “needed right now, there is no tomorrow”.
“Next year we are facing assembly elections in seven states and then immediately parliamentary polls will be there after that [in 2024]. If we don’t perform well in the seven elections we will have more difficulty in the general elections,” Mr. Moily advised PTI.
“The Congress should not just hinge upon legacy, but we need to readjust ourselves and prepare ourselves for competitive politics played by [Prime Minister Narendra] Modi. It is not that Modi is undefeatable, he can be defeated by putting our party back on track. Major surgery is needed right now, there is no tomorrow,” he asserted.
Mr. Moily was among the many group of 23 leaders together with Mr. Prasada who had written to interim president Sonia Gandhi in August final yr urging an organisational overhaul of the get together. However, he had distanced himself from the Jammu meet of the G-23 and has backed the leadership of the Gandhi household.
Asked if the query mark over the leadership concern within the get together with Sonia Gandhi being the interim chief since August 2019 was posing issues for the get together, Mr. Moily stated that with Ms. Sonia Gandhi on the helm, she will encourage and take choices.
“We have a leader, so that is not an issue. With Sonia ji at the helm, there is no vacancy. She has to step up and perform the major surgery on the party. She has the determination, capacity and she can inspire the cadres,” Mr. Moily stated.
He asserted that while kids must be promoted within the get together, ideological orientation needs to be checked out in giving obligations.
“Their [the leaders’] history will have to be seen, their commitment will have to be seen, their dynamism, approach and experience needs to be given weightage,” Mr. Moily asserted.
Youngsters must be inspired however their ambition needs to be throughout the confines of the ideology of the get together, he added.
Mr. Moily harassed that leadership shouldn’t be given to opportunists who can betray the get together and should not able to delivering.
Talking particularly about Mr. Prasada’s change to the BJP, he stated it was solely a query of non-public ambition in Mr. Prasada’s case.
“He [Prasada] could not make a mark in U.P. even though the Congress had picked him up as a young leader. He did not come up to the expectations,” Mr. Moily stated.
On Mr. Prasada being made the AICC in-charge of West Bengal final yr, Mr. Moily stated if an individual with no capability is chosen, “ultimately the result will be zero”.
“Sometimes we also make a mistake and select wrong leaders who are not capable of delivering. Just because they speak in good English we think they are good leaders. We want mass leaders who can speak the language of the masses, which some of the leaders like Jitin Prasada were not speaking,” he stated.
“By choosing such people as state in-charges, that is how the party suffers. It was a totally wrong choice [to name Prasada as West Bengal in-charge]. I knew that in such a big state like West Bengal with the Congress in a bad shape, a man without any experience and mass base, without a proper approach, who cannot articulate the Congress ideology, if given the charge, there would be failure,” Mr. Moily stated.
The saga of defections within the Congress, which started forward of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, continues unabated with Mr. Prasada leaping ship on June 9, triggering hypothesis of additional exits.
Mr. Prasada adopted within the footsteps of his former Congress colleague Jyotiraditya Scindia who stop the get together to affix the BJP in March final yr.