Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal, who was one of the 23 senior Congress leaders who had written that letter to Sonia Gandhi calling for a complete overhaul within the party, once again spoke his mind on Sunday after the lackluster performance of the party in Bihar.
Sibal said that the Congress party is no longer an “effective alternative”, as mandated in the recently concluded Bihar assembly elections. He criticized Congress for not addressing the issues of the common people.
“Some of us put our pen to paper and said what should be done in the Congress on the road ahead. Instead of listening to us, they turned their back on us. The results are for all to see… People of the country, not just in Bihar but wherever by-elections were held, obviously don’t consider the Congress to be an effective alternative,” Sibal said.
He further said that the time to introspect is over as the party achieved nothing in the last six years by its supposed introspection. “A colleague of mine who is a part of the CWC (Congress Working Committee) said the other day that ‘I hope the Congress introspects’. If for six years the Congress has not introspected, what hope do we have for introspection now? We know what is wrong with the Congress” he said.
Party in shambles
Sibal also pointed out that Congress is going downhill looking at the results of every election in the recent past. The party has lost all the eight by-elections in Gujarat, with three of their candidates even having to forfeit their deposits.
He also highlighted Congress’s dismal show in the seven constituencies in UP where candidates notched up less than 2% of the votes cast. Even in Madhya Pradesh, where the Congress held power till recently, the party had underperformed in the by-polls for 28 seats, he said.
“Since there has been no dialogue and there seems to be no effort for dialogue by the leadership and since there is no forum to express my views, I am constrained to express them publicly,” said Kapil on asked about the unprecedented letter sent to the Congress in August.
“I am a Congressman and will remain a Congressman and hope and pray that Congress provides the alternative to a power structure which has subverted all the values that the nation stands for.”