- Congress party’s infighting worsening?
- Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary, senior party leader, hits back at Kapil Sibal for his comments
- Chaudhary said “join another party or start your own”
A top leader of the Congress party, on Wednesday, said those criticising the Congress can join other party or even start one of their own instead of indulging in “embarrassing activities”, in the latest round of hitting at Kapil Sibal’s comments.
Congress’ leader in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary also remarked that “such leaders” were close to the Gandhis – party president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi – and are completely free to raise their issues directly with them.
Chaudhary said, “If some leaders think that Congress is not the right party for them then they may set up a new party or can join any other party which they think is progressive and according to their interest. But they should not indulge in such embarrassing activities since it can erode the credibility of the Congress,”.
He added, “Such senior leaders should not indulge in such embarrassing sweeping statements. They enjoy proximity to the Gandhi family. They can raise issues before the party leadership or in the right party forum,” while talking to the reporters in Bengal.
Congress leader Chaudhary questioned where these leaders were during the elections in Bihar. He asked, “If such leaders are serious about revamping the Congress party, then they should try to prove their mettle on the ground. Did they volunteer to work for the party during the recent Bihar elections,”.
Kapil Sibal, on Monday, said that the Congress party has been declining and the time for introspection was over and the Congress party “must be brave and willing to recognise them,” during an interview with the Indian Express.
Sibal had said that he was being forced to raise issues in the public because in the Congress party there is no forum where one can express its views. He said, “We are yet to hear from the Congress party their views on our recent performance in Bihar and in the by-elections. Maybe they think all is well and that it should be business as usual,”.
The comments, coming from one of the most senior leaders of the Congress party, have only pushed the party’s unresolved leadership crisis back into the spotlight just days after its appalling performance in the Bihar election and the countrywide bypoll.