Congress’s Ghulam Nabi Azad, one of many key dissenters within the social gathering, at the moment provided one other clarification of the social gathering’s latest stoop relating to elections. Speaking in the midst of the most recent controversy to hit the social gathering — sharp criticism by social gathering colleague Kapil Sibal after the Bihar election — Mr Azad stated leaders who get a ticket now flip their backs on the warmth and dirt of marketing campaign, preferring as an alternative to stay ensconced in 5-star consolation.
“The problem with our leaders is that if they get a party ticket, they first book a 5-star hotel. Even there they want a deluxe place. Then they will not move without an air-conditioned car. They will not go to places where there is an untarred road,” he advised information company ANI.
“Elections are not fought from 5-star hotels… We can’t win until we change this culture,” he added.
From helicopter outdoors in-charges to poor management from the highest, a lot has been cited as the rationale for the social gathering’s dismal efficiency.
“Many blame the leaders. The Congress President of Rahul Gandhi,” Mr Azad stated, pointing as an alternative to native leaders of the social gathering who’re appointed to high posts.
“They have lost the connection to the people. The block leaders or district leaders. The moment someone gets a rank, they print their letter pads and visiting cards and think the job is done. But that is where the work begins,” he added.
Indicating that the highest management was not going mistaken both, he stated beneath Sonia Gandhi, the Congress received 5 states in 4 to 5 years, “When I was in-charge of election affairs”.
“We won in Karnataka, Kerala and we formed an alliance in Tamil Nadu. In Andhra Pradesh, we won in 2004. The party leadership did not interfere in the party functioning,” he stated.
“In Andhra Pradesh, we had five parliamentary seats which increased to 37 in 2004. The UPA-I government was formed mainly because of Congress’s performance in Andhra Pradesh. In the Assembly elections, our seats increased to around 180. In one-and-a-half years, I visited Delhi only thrice. I visited Hyderabad city only twice as most of the programmes were conducted in the rural areas. I had remained union minister but still, I worked in the rural areas. Elections are not won through a five-star culture,” he added.
He stated that so long as office-bearers will not be elected however appointed, they’d not join with the grassroots. There needs to be people who find themselves elected, Mr Azad added.
In the interview with The Indian Express, Mr Sibal had pointed to the social gathering’s reverses in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, and stated he had been pressured to go public along with his views as “There has been no dialogue and there seems to be no effort for a dialogue by the leadership”.
Three key leaders within the Congress had been vocal with their criticism about his remarks.
Among them Salman Khurshid, a Gandhi household loyalist, had stated, “I have said very clearly that the Gandhis are leaders of the Congress. Nobody can deny this. I don’t worry about whether or not we have a president”.