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Saturday, 28 November 2020 11.35 AM IST

Kapil Sibal: Not challenging anyone, it’s about sentiments of millions of Congress workers

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NEW DELHI: Congress leader Kapil Sibal’s recent remarks that the people of the country, in Bihar and where by-polls were held do not consider the party to be “an effective alternative” has created a storm.

He had also said that reluctance to address issues was because the Congress Working Committee was “a nominated body”, and cited the Bihar election results to call for “experienced minds, hands and those who understand political realities”, prompting Congress leaders such as Ashok Gehlot, Salman Khurshid, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and Harish Rawat to criticise him.

“I stand by my comments that the Congress is not an effective Opposition at the moment to the BJP. I am only stating the facts after the recent election results. How can you be an effective Opposition when we don’t even have a full-time president for 18 months, when we don’t have even a conversation in the party on why we are losing... I am not rebelling against the Gandhi family,” he said.

He also added that today, Congress workers cannot go out of their homes. The question they face is: what has happened to your party? What about their sentiments? My sentiments have also been hurt. I’m talking about the sentiments of millions of Congress workers. I’m not challenging anybody. We know change will not happen tomorrow. We lost 2014. We lost 2019. Change will not happen because of [internal] elections. We have to go to the people... and tell them what the Congress ideology is.

“People still look up to Rahul Gandhi. This is not about individuals but about saving the country and its democracy from the political and economic oligarchs. My loyalty is to my country not to an individual. I will continue to raise questions till a conversation is started. Let Adhir worry about Bengal instead of targeting me. Let Ashok Gehlot worry about the sentiments of Congress workers every time we lose,” he said.

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