Did he say it or did he not—Rahul’s remarks on letter writers create flutter : The Tribune India


New Delhi, August 23

Did Rahul Gandhi say it or did he not? This was the query on everybody’s thoughts after his purported remarks on a letter written by over 20 get together leaders searching for pressing organisational reforms created a flutter.

Excessive drama performed out on the almost seven-hour Congress Working Committee assembly with sources saying that Rahul Gandhi lashed out on the letter writers and a few leaders discovered it to be insinuating that it was written in cahoots with the BJP.

Nonetheless, the Congress promptly denied this and stated “not a phrase of this nature” was stated by the previous get together chief.

Senior Congress chief Kapil Sibal, one of many 23 signatories to the letter addressed to Sonia Gandhi searching for an instantaneous organisational overhaul and a collective management, hit out at Rahul Gandhi in a tweet, saying, “Rahul says ‘we’re colluding with BJP’. Succeeded in Rajasthan Excessive Court docket defending the Congress Social gathering. Defending get together in Manipur to convey down BJP authorities.”

“Final 30 years have by no means made an announcement in favour of BJP on any concern. But ‘we’re colluding with the BJP’!”                 

However Sibal posted one other tweet a bit of later, saying he was withdrawing his earlier tweet after being “knowledgeable by Rahul Gandhi personally that he by no means stated what was attributed to him”.

Tagging Sibal’s earlier tweet, Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala additionally stated that Rahul Gandhi hasn’t stated a phrase of this nature nor alluded to it.

“Please don’t be misled by false media discourse or misinformation being unfold. However sure, all of us must work collectively in preventing the draconian Modi rule quite than preventing & hurting one another and the Congress,” Surjewala tweeted.

Senior Congress chief Ghulam Nabi Azad was additionally on the centre of the controversy with a bit of the media reporting that he supplied to resign over Rahul Gandhi’s remarks.

In search of to set the document straight, the chief of opposition within the Rajya Sabha stated a bit of the media was “wrongly attributing that, in CWC I advised Shri Rahul Gandhi to show that the letter written by us is in collusion with BJP”.

“Let me make it very clear that Shri Rahul Gandhi has neither in CWC nor exterior stated that this letter was written on the behest of BJP. What I stated was, yesterday some Congress individual had stated that we did it at behest of BJP & in that context I stated ‘It’s most unlucky that some colleagues (exterior CWC) have accused us of collusion with BJP, and if these folks can show this allegation, I’ll resign’”.

Congress MP Manickram Tagore additionally tagged Sibal’s earlier tweet and stated, “Kapil Sibal ji All of us have nice respect for you. @INCIndia made you cupboard minister and provides a variety of significance. you might be NOT contained in the CWC. You might be reacting to a leak that’s false. It doesn’t mirror properly on a pacesetter as senior as you might be, to react to rumour.”              

He later posted one other tweet to thank Sibal after the previous cupboard minister clarified his remarks and withdrew his earlier submit.

Some BJP leaders additionally hit out at Rahul Gandhi over his purported remarks that the letter by over 20 Congress leaders searching for modifications within the organisation will assist the ruling get together. They stated Gandhi was “obsessed” with the saffron get together and that “one’s destruction is close to when one stops utilizing his personal thoughts”.

“So obsessed is Rahul Gandhi with the BJP that he’s starting to see Congress’ veteran leaders as these working in ‘collusion’ with BJP. Somebody rightly stated when one’s destruction is close to, one stops utilizing his personal thoughts,” BJP common secretary Bhupender Yadav stated.

BJP’s Tom Vadakkan, who was within the Congress for many years and was thought of near the Gandhi household earlier than he joined the saffron get together final 12 months, stated the opposition get together’s inside politics is being performed out on account of their “misdeeds”.

“Mirror has cracked. When a mirror cracks, there isn’t a option to put it collectively. It’s a must to throw it out,” he stated in a swipe on the Congress management over the letter.

Vadakkan additionally stated the dedication of the leaders, who’re signatories to the letter and embrace veterans like Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Ghulam Nabi Azad, to the Congress is “undoubtedly way more” than Rahul Gandhi.

“They aren’t born within the get together. They’ve lived within the get together. They’ve solely urged a course correction and free and honest elections and a pacesetter who is offered to guide the get together around the clock,” he stated.

Vadakkan claimed that the denial by the Congress that Rahul Gandhi made any assertion linking the letter’s signatories to the BJP was an “afterthought”.

“He (Rahul) believes if you’re not with him, then you might be with the BJP, not even the Trinamool Congress or every other get together,” the BJP chief stated. PTI

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