Khurshid stated he would not have signed the letter calling for organisational changes within the Congress, even when he had been approached by the ‘group of 23’

New Delhi: Asserting that there was no urgency to have an elected Congress president, senior chief Salman Khurshid on Sunday stated he “can’t see the heavens falling” for the need of a celebration chief as Sonia Gandhi was nonetheless on the helm and needs to be the one to determine on the management subject.

Khurshid, a former Union minister, is among the many get together leaders thought of shut to the Gandhi household. He advised information company PTI in an interview that he would not have signed the letter even when he was approached by the group that wrote to Gandhi searching for pressing organisational overhaul, together with an energetic and full-time management.

On Ghulam Nabi Azad, probably the most vocal among the many 23 letter writers, Khurshid stated the senior chief from Jammu and Kashmir had been a part of the highest echelons of the get together for years the place there was no such election and nonetheless the get together prospered.

He stated Azad in all probability now needed a change in what the get together has been doing over the years and expressed confidence that the management will give a thought to what the senior chief stated.

Khurshid stated the leaders who’ve written to Sonia Gandhi all the time had entry to her and will have approached her somewhat than writing to her. “It is very clear that the important persons who wrote this letter belong to the top echelons of our party and therefore Mrs Gandhi has indicated that it was best that they could have discussed it within the confines of the party,” he stated.

Khurshid’s remarks assume significance as they arrive days after the ‘group of 23’ wrote to Gandhi calling for far-reaching reforms throughout the get together akin to having a “full time, active and visible” management, devolution of powers to state models and revamping the Congress Working Committee (CWC) consistent with the get together structure.

Asked concerning the ideas made within the letter, Khurshid stated the dialogue appears to be about electing a frontrunner and the Congress president has indicated that it may be accomplished at an applicable time, when it’s bodily attainable to accomplish that.

“For people like me, we already have leaders, we have a leader in Mrs Sonia Gandhi, we have a leader in Rahul Gandhi. So for me there is no sense of urgency about electing leaders. Electing a president, yes that will happen when it happens, I can’t see the heavens falling down. What is the sense of urgency that is being expressed, is not clear to me,” he stated.

“We don’t have a part-time president, we have a full-time president but the full-time president is an interim president, and no ordinary person is the interim president as she is the longest-serving president. We must just trust and leave it to the longest-serving president to take steps when she thinks it is appropriate,” the Congress chief stated.

On whether or not it will have been higher to go to the president for articulating issues than writing a letter, Khurshid stated the leaders had accomplished that for the final 20 years and he did not know what was totally different now or had modified that they felt the need to write a letter.

Asked about the way forward for the get together, when knives had been out throughout the organisation at a time it wants to be revitalised, he stated, “The pens are out, so what is the problem? Of course, the words written with pens can hurt and they did, but they don’t draw blood…it’s only ink, it’s something we can live with and I am sure that the ink will fade in due course.”

Khurshid stated nobody had approached him for signing the letter and even when anybody had accomplished so, he would not have signed as a result of he does not agree with the letter. “There is nothing about that letter that gives an opportunity for me to express and say what I may want to say…We have always spoken directly with the leadership, so I don’t know what changed that people are not speaking directly. Nothing has changed for me and therefore, I don’t see the urge for writing the letter,” he stated.

Khurshid stated he nonetheless feels that as an alternative of leaders repeatedly urging Rahul Gandhi to come again as get together chief, they need to go away the choice to him.

“Surely he understands the implications of that letter more than I do, he will do what he thinks is the best to do,” he stated, when requested if it was now crucial for Rahul Gandhi to return as get together chief to set the home so as.

After the seven-hour assembly of the get together’s prime resolution-making physique final week, the CWC urged Sonia Gandhi to continue as its interim chief until an AICC session may very well be convened and authorised her to impact needed organisational changes to cope with the challenges going through the get together.

It made it clear nobody could be permitted to undermine or weaken the get together and its management.

The CWC additionally resolved that interior-get together points can’t be deliberated by way of the media or in public fora and all such points have to be raised throughout the get together “in the interest of propriety and discipline”.
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