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Cong resilient, will come back, says Moily after Digvijaya calls for ‘surgery’

Congress leader Veerappa Moily defended the party’s dismal performance in the four assembly elections this year, saying the party has bounced back from defeat before. His comments follow Congress leader Digvijaya Singh’s pitch for a ‘major surgery’ in the party.

india Updated: May 21, 2016 12:39 IST
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Congress leader Veerappa Moily defended the party’s dismal performance in the four assembly elections this year, saying the party has bounced back from defeat before. (Mohd Zakir/Hindustan Times)

With some inside the Congress pitching for a major change in the party given the disappointing results in the just concluded assembly polls in four states, senior leader Veerappa Moily said the grand old party has the greatest sense of resilience to bounce back on Saturday.

“In politics, success and defeat is always in cycle. Even in the worst of crisis, we came out of the crisis immediately and we succeeded in elections. This is the history of the Congress. We have greatest sense of resilience, we can always come back,” Moily told ANI.

“We won Pondicherry and overall, we have won double the seats than that of the BJP.”

Moily also said the Congress winning three back-to-back terms in Assam was a success.

“…We ran (Assam) for almost 15 years that means it was a success. After those three terms people wanted a change? We admit our failure there, but we will bounce back after some time,” he added.

Moily’s comments come after fellow Congress leader Digvijaya Singh’s pitched for a ‘major surgery’ in the party. The Congress, which was in power in Kerala and Assam, lost to the left and BJP. In Tamil Nadu, its alliance with the DMK failed to work any magic. The Congress only managed to secure Puducherry, a Union Territory.

Shashi Tharoor, a Congress MP from Kerala, echoed Singh’s comments, saying the party as a whole had to move beyond the cliched business of introspection and into some serious action.

He also called for young leaders finding their voice in the party.

As the Congress faces its worst drubbing in years, there has been growing yet faint call for Priyanka Gandhi, party chief Sonia Gandhi’s daughter, to join the fray.

When asked on the possibility, Moily said that it was for the leadership to take a call.

“But... the Congress has a very strong leadership in the form of Rahul Gandhi and also Sonia ji, and we are in a position to come back,” he added.