Congress’s Kapil Sibal, who has been underneath fireplace from get together colleagues over his remarks criticizing the get together management, has refused to formally reply to the assaults. Sources near him, nonetheless, mentioned he had expressed shock on being attacked for not campaigning within the Bihar elections.
The assault got here from the get together’s chief within the Lok Sabha Adhir Chowdhury. “Had Kapil Sibal gone to Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, he could have proven that what he is saying is correct and that he strengthened the position of Congress,” Mr Chowdhury had mentioned.
Leaders near Mr Sibal mentioned Mr Chowdhury’s stance is “unfortunate, since Adhir and other leaders are not aware that most of the G-23 leaders were not on the list of party campaigners for Bihar and none of them could even go to campaign unless the party officially requests them”.
G-23 was a reference to the 23 dissenters who despatched the primary vital letter to the get together in August, triggering an inner storm and ending up dropping the assorted get together positions they held.
The newest Congress versus Congress battle – set off by the Bihar outcomes — snowballed at present with Mr Chowdhury’s sturdy feedback concerning the leaders concerned.
“If some leaders think that Congress is not the right party for them, they may set up a new party or can join any other party which they think is progressive and according to their interest,” the MP had advised NDTV.
Mr Sibal was the primary within the line of assault over his interview in The Indian Express, the place he suggested the Congress to “recognize that we are in decline”, pointing to the string of reverses in Bihar, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh the place the get together has a robust presence.
In the identical interview, he had additionally talked about that he had been pressured to go public along with his views as “there has been no dialogue and there seems to be no effort for a dialogue by the leadership”.
It drew barbs from Salman Khurshid, who mentioned: “The fact is we know who the leader is, the fact is we follow the leader. If we follow the leader and we don’t get what you think we should get doesn’t mean we are going to give up the leader? Somebody doesn’t believe we have a leader then they don’t know what the party is about.”
On Tuesday, in a prolonged Facebook put up, Mr Sibal referred to as dissenters “doubting Thomases” who are suffering “periodic pangs of anxiety” and suggested them to not search for “short cuts” to energy.
Leaders near Mr Sibal mentioned most partymen agree off the report there’s a systemic downside throughout the get together and points should be resolved.
Without wanting to hitch difficulty with Salman Khurshid or Ashok Gehlot, they added that there’s a “serious drift” throughout the get together. “Unless the party takes some drastic steps and reinvents itself with a strong and active leadership, the party may not be able to take on the Narendra Modi government,” they mentioned.