'High Time' Congress Appoints Full-Time President, Says Sandeep Dikshit

Sandeep Dikshit stated whoever comes will do properly for the Congress. (File)

New Delhi:

It’s “excessive time” that the Congress appoints a full-time president by “choice or election”, social gathering chief Sandeep Dikshit stated on Sunday, asserting that the Congress Working Committee (CWC) comprising senior leaders ought to have settled the management problem earlier, coping with it on precedence.

There’s a “sense of drift” and a sense that “we have to get on with the job” within the social gathering with an interim president on the helm, Mr Dikshit stated.

In an interview to PTI, the Congress chief stated that for him, there was no “specific fixation” with any particular person, and Rahul Gandhi or anybody else may very well be appointed by “choice or election”, however the necessary factor is that the social gathering wants a full-time president.

Mr Dikshit’s remarks assume significance as Sonia Gandhi nears completion of one-year as interim Congress president in early August and the social gathering is abuzz with hectic parleys on the best way ahead.

He additionally hit out at Jyotiraditya Scindia for switching to the BJP and Sachin Pilot for his rise up in Rajasthan, asserting that the struggle was not between the younger and the outdated within the social gathering, however between the “usurpers” and people persevering by hardwork.

“A lot as I might say that Mrs (Sonia) Gandhi is doing a really in a position and commendable job (as president), one of many causes that she left earlier was that she felt that it’s time for her to take to the background and for different folks to take over. In her case, it was Mr (Rahul) Gandhi,” Mr Dikshit stated.

“This is an interim association. Interim is a really iffy phrase as a result of you understand if you’re interim you will not take long run selections for the Congress. So, it’s excessive time we get a full time president, whoever it’s,” the 55-year-old former MP stated.

Whether or not it’s by “choice or election” there isn’t any problem, he stated.

“We must always have a full-time president, whether or not it’s Mr. A or Mr. B or Mr. Gandhi that’s not a difficulty in any respect. Get together ideology and collective management make a celebration,” Mr Dikshit stated.

He stated initially it was thought that the CWC, the social gathering”s highest resolution making physique, will come collectively and choose a president or perhaps amongst themselves elect one, however that has not occurred.
It isn’t a foul thought to go away it open to the All India Congress Committee (AICC), the place one may have an election to the working committee, he stated.

“It (appointment of full-time president) ought to have occurred earlier. I continually keep that right here is the place the place I level in direction of the shortcoming of our senior leaders (CWC members) to have risen to the problem, bought collectively and bought this factor achieved,” Dikshit stated.

“Mr Gandhi very clearly made an announcement that I’m not coming again, then what had been you (senior leaders) busy doing operating round and never having the ability to resolve,” he stated, including that they need to have gotten the method achieved.

Noting that the CWC couldn’t agree on one title and so it determined Sonia Gandhi ought to develop into interim president, Dikshit additionally pointed in direction of Scindia and Pilot for not taking a stand then as CWC members and allow a choice both then or later, every time the social gathering”s prime decision-making physique met.

“All these folks (within the CWC), together with the Scindias and Pilots, why could not they’ve fought for and enabled choice or election of a brand new president at the moment. These folks can do a revolt in terms of private ambition, however they might not threat their careers when it got here to the social gathering,” he stated.

Requested if Rahul Gandhi ought to come again as social gathering chief within the prevailing circumstances, Mr Dikshit stated whoever comes will do properly for the Congress.

“Whether it is Mr Gandhi, I’ll observe him, whether it is another person, I’ll observe that particular person. No specific fixation with any specific particular person. I’m an AICC member, I’ve one vote, which if wanted, will probably be forged on my conscience,” he asserted.

Earlier this 12 months, Mr Dikshit, son of three-time Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit, had voiced his opinion that the management problem have to be settled and had asserted that the senior leaders should step up.

His remarks come amid the disaster being confronted by the social gathering in Rajasthan with Pilot overtly rebelling towards the Ashok Gehlot authorities which comes shut on the heels of Scindia toppling the Congress authorities in Madhya Pradesh by switching over to the BJP with MLAs supporting him.

Speaking concerning the again to again Scindia and Pilot episodes which have rocked the Congress, Mr Dikshit stated there isn’t any such factor because the “younger vs outdated” and these had been the results of private ambitions.

“Principally it’s their calculation, their self evaluation and what they suppose they’re. I do not learn about Mr Pilot, as a result of we have no idea what he’s going to do. I feel it’s a little untimely to say something,” he stated.

Mr Dikshit, nonetheless, added that each have proven all of the weaknesses that political beings can have.

Requested if Rahul Gandhi’s stepping down as social gathering chief had heightened insecurities among the many youthful leaders within the social gathering, he stated it heightened the insecurities solely of those that wished to “climb on his tailcoat”.

On why Mr Gehlot or Kamal Nath had been chosen as chief ministers over their youthful colleagues, he stated that this query shouldn’t be requested of Rahul Gandhi or anybody else, however to the social gathering MLAs within the respective Congress legislature events.

“Extra MLAs are with Kamal Nath than with Scindia. Extra MLAs are with Gehlot than with Pilot. So it’s the MLAs’ resolution,” Mr Dikshit asserted.

Criticising Mr Scindia, Mr Dikshit stated that regardless of the royal scion dropping the Lok Sabha, he was supplied the publish of state social gathering chief and a nomination to the Rajya Sabha.

For somebody who claims to be a folks’s chief, he ought to have accepted folks”s verdict within the Lok Sabha and had the power to stay with out the trimmings of energy, fought for the social gathering on the sector and received again his seat for the social gathering.

“Mrs Gandhi supplied him to develop into PCC (Pradesh Congress Committee) chief in November final 12 months. Scindia by no means got here again with a sure. So what did he need, we couldn”t have put him instead of Mr. (Narendra) Modi,” Mr Dikshit quipped. 

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