Former union minister and the Congress’s Jharkhand in-charge RPN Singh says younger politicians have at all times acquired good alternatives within the social gathering in comparison with these in different political events. He says the continued previous versus younger debate within the Congress is uncalled for. In an interview with Aurangzeb Naqshbandi, he says the Congress must rejuvenate the social gathering group and take up a story that resonates with the individuals for its revival.
The seniors versus younger leaders debate has reignited within the Congress. Are younger leaders apprehensive of their future within the social gathering with Rahul Gandhi apparently unwilling to imagine the management function within the instant future?
I disagree with this complete debate of younger and previous. When you learn the historical past of the Congress social gathering, there have at all times been youthful individuals making an attempt to occupy positions and that’s true of any organisation. I discover it unusual when a bit of the media says that previous individuals needs to be changed by the younger. Life is about competence and expertise. Would you say Mahatma Gandhiji or Sardar Patel ought to have been faraway from the liberty wrestle as a result of they had been too previous? Younger individuals essentially don’t entice younger individuals. Concepts and narratives do.
We noticed the exit of senior leaders and now the revolt in Rajasthan. There appears to be a way of despair within the social gathering?
I’d not prefer to touch upon people. However there are numerous cases of youthful individuals having acquired a chance within the Congress social gathering. So far as Ashok Gehlot authorities is worried, it had majority yesterday, has it at this time and can show it every time requested to. There’s completely no drawback.
Do you assume the time has come for older leaders to make method for the younger era?
Age is only a quantity. Positively youthful individuals needs to be given alternative and Rahulji has given a chance to many individuals however everyone has to await their flip. .. Within the Congress, youthful individuals have been given alternatives throughout the spectrum even within the Rajya Sabha, which is the Home of Elders. So I can’t perceive this debate.
Within the final Congress Working Committee (CWC) assembly, you prompt that as a substitute of launching private assaults on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his insurance policies needs to be criticised. Do you assume that the transfer to assault Modi has backfired on the Congress?
CWC is a discussion board the place each member has full freedom to specific his or her opinion in a most democratic method. It lastly takes the decision and regardless of the CWC decides, each member of the Congress social gathering has to observe that.
However what concerning the private assaults on Modi? Do you assume the Congress wants to alter its technique?
I really feel no matter assault needs to be launched on the federal government or its insurance policies and its leaders needs to be formulated by the CWC and collectively endorsed by the social gathering.
Some Congress leaders say Rahul Gandhi is the one opposition chief who instantly takes on Modi and Amit Shah and no person else does.
So far as I’m involved I’ve taken on the Prime Minister, his insurance policies and people of his authorities and the BJP at varied boards . In my capability, I’ve accomplished that and lots of others within the Congress are additionally doing that.
You had been part of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) authorities in its second time period. Considered one of your social gathering colleagues, Rajeev Satav, lately blamed UPA 2 for the declining electoral fortunes of the Congress. What do you need to say?
I feel he has already clarified that. He may need mentioned one thing in his over-exuberance and he has made amends by clarifying his remarks. Let’s finish it there.
Nationalist Congress Social gathering chief Sharad Pawar has prompt that Rahul Gandhi ought to have a dialog together with his social gathering leaders and in addition begin touring the nation. Is there an absence of dialog within the Congress?
I’d not prefer to touch upon what Pawarji has mentioned. He’s extraordinarily educated, skilled and has nice understanding of politics. His social gathering is our alliance associate in Maharashtra. All I’d to love say that we don’t must look elsewhere. We’ve the best instance of learn how to conduct oneself as a frontrunner with propriety, dignity and taking alongside everyone’s views. We’ve our Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who has been the epitome of what a politician needs to be – dignified, calm, taking all views on board and reaching out to the poorest of the poor and her sacrifice is understood to all. Additionally, the type of progress we made underneath the management of Dr Manmohan Singh in his 10-years rule is one thing all the nation is pleased with and his financial insurance policies have been praised world over.
What concerning the suggestion of happening a nationwide yatra to reconnect with the plenty? Additionally, do you assume that hitting the streets is the one method for the social gathering’s revival?
It needs to be accomplished by all members of the social gathering however we have to have a rejuvenated organisation and a story that resonates with the individuals of the nation.