Friday, May 20th, 2016

Enough of introspections, time for major surgery : Digvijaya Singh

Narada Desk | May 20, 2016 12:59 pm Print
The dismal performance of the Congress in the four states where polls were held has created unease in India's grand old party. Senior leader Digvijay Singh is first off the mark with his criticism
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Its high time for a ‘major surgery’ rather than ‘introspection,’ senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said on Friday.

“Today’s results disappointing but not unexpected. We have done enough introspection shouldn’t we go for a major surgery?”  Singh tweeted.

The senior Congress  leader was reacting to the statements of  Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice- president Rahul Gandhi that the party will ‘introspect’ and ‘work hard’ after the miserable performance in the recent assembly elections.

Speaking to Indian Express after the controversial tweets, the senior Congress leader said that the party vice president had asked its leaders after the 2014 Lok Sabha elections to submit reports for a complete revamp of the party set up. Though they have submitted the report before the deadline of 20 February 2015, no action have been taken, based on the reports.

“So the question is: how long will the party introspect? Action on what all we told the party leadership is long,” he was quoted by Indian Express as saying.

He also said that since top leaders like Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhiare taking the decisions, it is their responsibility to address the issue on an urgent basis. On being asked by journalists Thursday, whether ‘Congress-Mukt Bharat’  envisaged by the BJP is becoming a reality, Singh said the party has faced such situations many times before and has overcome it.

“However, the current trend is a matter of serious concern,” he said.

Sonia has earlier said that the Indian National Congress accepts the verdict with utmost humility and the party will introspect into the reasons for its loss and will rededicate themselves to the service of the people with greater vigour.

Rahul  took to the twitter to convey his best wishes to the parties that had emerged victorious in the assembly elections.

“My best wishes to the parties that have won the elections…We will work harder till we win the confidence and trust of people,” Rahul tweeted.

Joining Singh, many national and regional leaders of  the Congress have vented their ire and disappointment in the poor performance of the party, slamming the in-actions of the top leadership.

Shashi Tharoor MP said Rahul should take over the party sooner rather than later.  “Not that anyone has anything, but the highest regard for Sonia Gandhi but because this sense that he is president in waiting is widespread and the waiting should stop and be replaced with action. So I would be amongst those who feel that time has come for some clear-cut organizational changes that can only come with a new president,” he told Indian Express.

Senior Congress leader PC Chacko said the open fight between Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy and KPCC president V.M. Sudheeran had a major role in maligning the image of the party among the voters.