Congress should expedite the method of discovering a full-term president to arrest the rising public notion that the social gathering is “adrift and rudderless”, senior Congress chief Shashi Tharoor mentioned on Sunday. Tharoor additionally mentioned that he actually thinks Rahul Gandhi has the “mettle, capability and aptitude to once again lead the party”, but when he doesn’t want to achieve this then the social gathering should “take action” to elect a brand new chief.
His feedback assume significance as they arrive simply forward of Sonia Gandhi finishing one 12 months as interim chief on August 10, with the social gathering but to discover her successor. “I certainly believe we should be clear about our leadership going forward. I welcomed Sonia ji’s appointment as interim president last year, but I do believe it’s unfair to her to expect her to carry this burden indefinitely,” Tharoor informed PTI in an interview.
“We also need to arrest the growing public perception, fuelled by a dismissive media, that the Congress is adrift and rudderless, incapable of taking up the challenge of a credible national Opposition,” the previous Union minister mentioned.
That is exactly what the Congress wants to urgently deal with by expediting the method of discovering a full-term president, by a participatory and democratic course of that may provide the successful candidate a professional mandate and the credibility that shall be indispensable in ushering in a lot wanted organisational and structural revival of the social gathering, Tharoor mentioned.
Asked about rising voices within the Congress that Rahul Gandhi should come again as social gathering chief and if it was the absolute best scenerio that he returns, Tharoor mentioned, “Of course, if Rahul Gandhi is ready to resume the leadership, all he has to do is to withdraw his resignation. He was elected to serve till December 2022 and can just pick up the reins again.”
“But if he does not, we have to take action. My own personal view, which as you know I have been advocating for some time now, is that elections to the CWC (Congress Working Committee) and for the post of president would certainly have a number of beneficial outcomes for the party,” Tharoor mentioned.
A participatory democratic course of would considerably add to the incoming chief’s credibility and legitimacy which, in flip, could be important belongings as they set concerning the vital organisational challenges related to re-energising the rank and file of the social gathering, the Lok Sabha MP from Thiruvananthapuram mentioned.
Tharoor asserted that his bigger argument was not about any particular person however about advocating a course of or a system by which the Congress can deal with present management points after which embark instantly on the method of revitalising and energising the social gathering nationally.
“Through his activities during this lockdown, whether it has been on the issue of the COVID-19 virus or Chinese transgressions, Rahul Gandhi has without a question and almost single-handedly done a remarkable job in holding the present government accountable for its actions and failures,” he mentioned.
Rahul Gandhi has additionally displayed great foresight and imaginative and prescient, been a constructive voice that has supplied crucial inputs and has proven a formidable functionality to actually perceive the aspirations of the folks of this nation throughout these difficult instances, Tharoor mentioned.
“I hope he will continue doing that, whether as president or in any other capacity of his choosing,” he mentioned.
A reluctant Sonia Gandhi had taken over as interim chief on August 10 final 12 months after Rahul Gandhi resigned taking duty for the social gathering’s debacle within the Lok Sabha election.
Asked concerning the Congress coming underneath assault from numerous quarters over what was seen by many as a delicate shift in its place on the Ram temple subject and allegations that it was being “BJP-lite”, Tharoor mentioned he doesn’t consider that the social gathering has compromised on its secularism.
The Congress has historically furthered a model of secularism that recognises India’s pluralism.
In different phrases, it acknowledges a profusion of religions and beliefs, the place all are equally revered and might peacefully co-exist, Tharoor mentioned.
Asked about questions being raised over many Congress leaders making remarks on the Ram temple subject that are at variance with the social gathering’s secular stance, Tharoor mentioned those that have a look at the Congress as ‘BJP-lite’ or ‘Hindutva-lite’ don’t take Congress’ personal assurances at face worth – “that it remains a party for all, the safest refuge for the minorities, the weak and the marginalised, and fundamentally committed to secularism”.
“But the truth is that Congress is the only major party to say all of this and mean it. The BJP does not even bother to pretend that it has the interests of any of these sections at heart,” he claimed.
“Our critics see the Congress party’s distinction between Hinduism and Hindutva as specious. They reject its leaders’ arguments that the Hinduism respected by Congress leaders is inclusive and non-judgemental, whereas Hindutva is a political doctrine based on exclusion,” Tharoor mentioned.
The critics are fast to conclude that what the Congress presents is merely a watered-down model of the BJP’s political messaging, he mentioned.
Asserting that nothing might be farther from the reality, Tharoor mentioned Rahul Gandhi has himself made it explicitly clear that, for all his willingness to avow his private Hinduism, he doesn’t assist any type of Hindutva, “neither soft nor hard”.