Rumblings throughout the Congress got here to the fore on Friday with a piece of its leaders looking for introspection on the get together’s electoral losses and a former Union minister asking whether or not the UPA was “sabotaged” from inside forward of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
Calls for for an trustworthy appraisal surfaced throughout a gathering of the Congress’ Rajya Sabha MPs on Thursday within the presence of get together chief Sonia Gandhi.
Some younger MPs, together with Rajeev Satav, the AICC in-charge for Gujarat, are learnt to have requested on the assembly for the hyperlink between the UPA authorities’s efficiency and the Congress’ electoral downfall to be reviewed.
Reacting to the discontent inside, former Union minister Manish Tewari on Friday mentioned whereas it’s legitimate to ask if the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) brought about the decline within the Congress’ fortunes, it is usually necessary to find out if the UPA was sabotaged from inside.
“Was UPA liable for the decline in Fortunes of Congress in 2014 is a legitimate query and have to be gone into? Equally legitimate is was UPA sabotaged from inside? 2019 defeat should even be analysed,” he wrote on Twitter.
Mr Tewari mentioned no cost in opposition to the Congress-led UPA has stood the check of regulation even after six years of its relinquishing workplace.
His reference was to the alleged corruption within the 2G Spectrum allocation, which the Bharatiya Janata Social gathering (BJP) used as a serious ballot plank in opposition to the Congress within the 2014 Lok Sabha election.
Mr Tewari’s public remarks got here a day after some MPs referred to as for introspection throughout the get together and ascertaining as as to if the Congress is paying for the follies through the UPA tenure.
Sources mentioned calls for for resolving the management concern within the Congress had been additionally raised at Thursday’s assembly and the divide between the outdated guard of the get together and younger leaders was evident.
The Congress has seen kids getting “disenchanted” with the prevailing energy construction within the get together with former MP and a long-time Rahul Gandhi confidante Jyotiraditya Scindia quitting to affix the BJP this yr.
One other younger turk Sachin Pilot, the previous deputy chief minister of Rajasthan, has raised a banner of revolt in opposition to his personal authorities within the state, inflicting consternation throughout the rank and file of the grand outdated get together.
The Congress, nonetheless, dismissed studies of rift throughout the get together, terming them “fiction” and a product of the “BJP’s propaganda manufacturing unit”.
Requested concerning the prevailing anxieties between the older and youthful leaders, get together spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill mentioned, “As a spokesperson of a nationwide get together, we solely reply to information and never fiction.”
“The tales about inside rumblings within the Congress get together and the battle between the younger and outdated guard is a figment of creativeness, fiction and a product of the BJP’s propaganda manufacturing unit, merely unleashed out there to cowl their faultlines and failures within the well being infrastructure and nationwide safety of the nation,” he mentioned at a digital press convention.
Mr Shergill mentioned reasonably than focussing on the “so-called inside fights” of the Congress, which do exist, it could be higher if the BJP focused on the coronavirus and the nation’s battle in opposition to China.
“The Congress is united. We’ll emerge stronger in 2024 and silence all our critics,” he mentioned.
Requested concerning the calls for for introspection, Mr Shergill mentioned the get together has neither shied away from introspecting on its electoral losses nor from taking accountability.
“Whether or not it’s a win or a loss, the Congress has at all times introspected and can introspect on its ballot technique, election wins and losses. We have now at all times taken victory with humility and learnt from our losses,” he mentioned.