Cong’s high management should see ideological dedication whereas selling leaders: Moily on Jitin’s exit

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A day after Jitin Prasada switched to the BJP, senior Congress chief M Veerappa Moily on Thursday mentioned the Congress must endure a “main surgical procedure” and never rely simply on legacy, asserting that the highest management should give primacy to ideological dedication whereas giving accountability to leaders.

Alleging that Prasada had positioned “private ambition” over all the pieces else, Moily mentioned the Uttar Pradesh chief’s ideological dedication was suspect from the start and the social gathering profitable zero seats in West Bengal underneath his cost confirmed that he was incompetent.

In an interview with PTI, Moily additionally mentioned the highest management ought to make a correct evaluation of leaders within the social gathering, asserting that “one can not make individuals leaders when they don’t deserve it”. 

The Congress has to rethink and re-strategise a few of these issues after which solely the social gathering can come up, the previous Union minister mentioned.

“Correctly reorganise the social gathering with correct individuals in positions and never put incompetent individuals (in positions of accountability) who can not ship. This can be a lesson, the Congress must make an introspection within the face of the developments,” Moily mentioned, making recommendations for the social gathering’s excessive command.

Requested if Prasada’s exit from the Congress has a message for the social gathering high brass, he mentioned they need to give significance to leaders’ antecedents, ideology and their strategy to the frequent individuals, whereas appointing them to positions of significance.

Moily, who had steered after the 2019 polls debacle that the Congress has to endure a serious surgical procedure to be aggressive, mentioned the social gathering had lengthy delayed that main surgical procedure and it was “wanted proper now, there isn’t a tomorrow”.

“Subsequent yr we face meeting elections in seven states after which instantly parliamentary polls can be there after that (in 2024). If we don’t carry out properly within the seven elections we may have extra issue within the basic elections,” Moily informed PTI.

“The Congress mustn’t simply hinge upon legacy, however we have to readjust ourselves and put together ourselves for aggressive politics performed by (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi. It isn’t that Modi is undefeatable, he could be defeated  by placing our social gathering again on monitor. Main surgical procedure is required proper now, there isn’t a tomorrow,” he asserted.

Moily was among the many group of 23 leaders together with Prasada who had written to interim President Sonia Gandhi in August final yr urging an organisational overhaul of the social gathering. Nonetheless, he had distanced himself from the Jammu meet of the G-23 and has backed the management of the Gandhi household.

Requested if the query mark over the management concern within the social gathering with Sonia Gandhi being the interim chief since August 2019 was posing issues for the social gathering, Moily mentioned that with Sonia Gandhi on the helm, she will be able to encourage and take selections. 

“We’ve a frontrunner, so that isn’t a difficulty. With Sonia ji on the helm, there isn’t a emptiness. She has to step up and carry out the most important surgical procedure on the social gathering. She has the dedication, capability and she will be able to encourage the cadres,” Moily mentioned.

He asserted that whereas kids should be promoted within the social gathering, ideological orientation must be checked out in giving duties. 

“Their (the leaders’) historical past should be seen, their dedication should be seen, their dynamism, strategy and expertise must be given weightage,” Moily asserted.

Kids should be inspired however their ambition must be inside the confines of the ideology of the social gathering, he added. 

Moily pressured that management shouldn’t be given to opportunists who can betray the social gathering and usually are not able to delivering.

Speaking particularly about Prasada’s swap to the BJP, he mentioned it was solely a query of non-public ambition in Prasada’s case.

“He (Prasada) couldn’t make a mark in UP despite the fact that the Congress had picked him up as a younger chief. He didn’t come as much as the expectations,” Moily mentioned.

On Prasada being made the AICC in-charge of West Bengal final yr, Moily mentioned if an individual with no capacity is chosen, “in the end the end result can be zero”. 

“Typically we additionally make a mistake and choose mistaken leaders who usually are not able to delivering. Simply because they converse in good English we predict they’re good leaders. We would like mass leaders who can converse the language of the plenty, which a few of the leaders like  Jitin Prasada weren’t talking,” he mentioned.

“By selecting such individuals as state in-charges, that’s how the social gathering suffers. It was a completely mistaken alternative (to call Prasada as West Bengal in-charge). I knew that in such an enormous state like West Bengal with the Congress in a nasty form, a person with none expertise and mass base, with out a correct strategy, who can not articulate the Congress ideology, if given the cost, there can be failure,” Moily mentioned.

The saga of defections within the Congress, which started forward of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, continues unabated with Prasada leaping ship on Wednesday, triggering hypothesis of additional exits. 

Prasada adopted within the footsteps of his former Congress colleague Jyotiraditya Scindia who stop the social gathering to hitch the BJP in March final yr.

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