New Delhi: Ahead of he Congress Working Committee Meeting today, Rajasthan CM and the top party leader Ashok Gehlot said that the party lost in Punjab due “their own internal conflict” Gehlot has himself earlier gone through internal party rebellion with Sachin Pilot, but intervention by the Congress leadership helped placate the crisis.
Rajasthan CM also stressed that the Gandhis are important for the party’s unity. “In 2017, the Congress was united and we won (Punjab). After (Charanjit Singh) Channi became the chief minister, the environment was conducive too but it was our mistake that due to internal conflict we lost the assembly elections in Punjab,” he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
“Rahul Gandhi should become the party chief. For nearly three decades, nobody from the Gandhi family has become a prime minister or a minister. It is significant to understand that the Gandhi family is important for Congress’ unity,” the 70-year-old leader was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Hitting out at the rival BJP, he said: “the politics of polarisation is easier. The BJP propagated the Congress as a party for Muslims on social media. Our way is to maintain integrity and unity of the country. During polls, religion comes to forefront while issues of inflation and jobs take a back seat for the BJP.”
Some of the dissidents met at veteran leader Ghulam Nabi Azad’s home on Friday evening and reportedly discussed the way forward, expressing dismay at the Congress leadership for not taking any corrective steps to revive the party.
Many internally predict yet another futile exercise in the name of “introspection” with the CWC – in which Gandhi “loyalists” easily outnumber “dissenters” – widely expected to steer clear of hard decisions.
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