“Apparent to anyone who is not blind”: Salman Khurshid on supporting Gandhis in Congress

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Salman Khurshid’s remarks come days after Mr Sibal’s public criticism of the Congress leadership (File)

New Delhi:

Amid criticism of top Congressional officials by some leaders following a poor performance in Bihar’s elections, Chief Leader Salman Khurshid said on Sunday that there was no leadership crisis in the party and that overall support for Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi is “obvious to anyone who is not blind”.

Mr Khurshid, who is among the leaders considered close to the Gandhi family, said there were enough forums in Congress to disseminate views and doing so outside the party “hurt” him. which come a few days after the departure of senior leader Kapil Sibal and a few others. audience with their criticism of the party leadership.

“Leaders listen to me, I’m given an opportunity, they (those who criticize in the media) have an opportunity, where is this thing that leaders don’t listen to,” Khurshid told PTI in a statement. interview.

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Asked about comments by Mr Sibal and another top leader, P Chidambaram, on Congress’ poor performance in Bihar’s elections and bypassing, he said he could not disagree with what they had said but asked why someone had to go out and tell the media and the world. that “we have to do it”.

“The analysis is done all the time, there is no quarrel over the analysis. It will be done. The management, of which all these people are a part, will appropriately consider what went wrong, how we could have improved, and that will normally happen, we don’t need to talk about it in public, ”said Mr. Khurshid, standing guest on the Congressional Working Committee (CWC).

His remarks come days after Mr Sibal’s public criticism of the congressional leadership and his declaration that the time for soul-searching is over and people no longer see the party as an effective alternative.

Asked about some leaders calling for a full-time president, he said they should come forward and talk about it within the party.

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“See our chef and say you don’t look good without a tag, the chef will take a call,” Mr. Khurshid said.

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Echoing concerns that Sonia Gandhi had been acting leader for over a year, he asked who decides a year is too long to have an interim leader and asserted that if the election process for a new president takes time, there must be a good reason for that.

“No one left, they are all here. The only insistence is on a label, why do you insist on a label. There is no president in the Bahujan Samaj party, there is no president in left-wing parties, only general secretaries … Each party cannot follow the same model, ”he declared.

The party has a president in Sonia Gandhi, albeit acting, which is not outside the constitution, not unreasonable and not something the party “cannot survive with,” Khurshid said.

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“We are happy, we are working with it. There is no leadership crisis, I say this very insistently,” he said.

The electoral committee is working on the election of the president, which is taking a long time due to COVID, he said, adding that all work and preparations are underway.

Asked whether everyone in Congress strongly supports Rahul Gandhi as leader, Mr Khurshid said: “I think it is obvious to anyone who is not blind that people fully support the president of the Congress Sonia ji and Mr. Rahul Gandhi, who is our former president. Everyone supports them. “

“Those who question (the leadership), if they claim to be Democrats, should have the courtesy to include us who do not question (the leadership) and inside the party we can decide if they are more or if we are more. All our objection is that this is happening outside the party, “he said.

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