The chorus for change is growing stronger in the Congress. Battered by poll defeats, India’s principal opposition is confronted with a growing list of its own leaders pressing for immediate course correction.
After general secretary Digvijaya Singh’s call for a ‘major surgery’ to arrest Congress’ slide, former union minister Kamal Nath too backed the idea for “reforms and change” in the party, but insisted that Sonia Gandhi should remain the party president.
In an interview to Karan Thapar for India Today TV, the former union minister rejected change in the top leadership and said it was for Rahul, who would be the next president, to decide when he wants to take over.
“Gandhis are democratically elected. It is not dynasty over democracy,” he argued, adding that it was for Gandhis to decide who amongst them would be party president and for how long.
Kamal Nath is a member of the current Lok Sabha and one of the 44 Congress leaders who survived the ‘Modi wave’ in 2014 to win their respective parliamentary seats.
The veteran from Chhindwara supported the idea of reorganisation of the party, saying it needed a new All India Congress Committee (AICC), team of general secretaries and Congress Welfare Committee (CWC) besides rejig of the state leadership. “Congress will make a comeback. Nothing is static in politics. Defeat is shared equally by all in the party,” he said.
Kamal Nath also questioned jubilations in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over Assam victory saying Congress was defeated there because of anti-incumbency, split in the party and failure to stitch up alliances. He also mocked the ruling party for celebrating when it has not won a single seat in Tamil Nadu. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s campaign did not work in West Bengal, he added.
“Congress got more seats if we combine all states. We got 140 seats while the BJP got just 64,” he said.