Veteran Congress leader Salman Khurshid has opened up on the issues that are ailing India's grand old party and has pin-pointed on the major issues and crises that Congress is going through
New Delhi, Oct 9: Veteran Congress leader Salman Khurshid has opened up on the issues that are ailing India's grand old party. In a candid interview to The Hindustan Times, Khurshid has pin-pointed on the major issues and crises that Congress is going through.Khurshid also felt that the party took a bit too long in coming to terms with its loss in the General Elections. Khurshid said that the walking away of Rahul Gandhi is perhaps the biggest setback for the party. "We need to know why we are in the state in which we are. Unfortunately despite our earnest pleading, Rahul Gandhi decided to step down and resign from the president post. We wanted him to continue but it was his decision and we respect it," he said.
"This is perhaps the only time in history that a major defeat has not caused the party to lose confidence in their leader. If he had stayed and was around, we would've understood better the causes of our defeat and be better prepared to fight the battles in coming times.
Sounding like a true Congress soldier who cannot desert the party during its trying times, Khurshid said, "I have very deep pain and concern about where we are today as a party. No matter what happens we won't leave the party, we aren't like those who got everything from the party&when the chips were down, things were difficult they left the party and walked away."After Sonia Gandhi took over as the party president in 1999, India won back-to-back general elections in 2004 and 2009.
The tables turned in 2014 when BJP won the general elections with a thumping margin and the Modi Wave changed the course of Indian politics. It was a massive mandate in favour of BJP.Then in 2019, Congress won just 52 of 542 seats in the Lok Sabha elections, less than a tenth of the strength of the 543-member House.Rahul Gandhi resigned as the Congress president after the massive defeat and then Sonia Gandhi stepped in on an interim basis.
News24 Bureau with Agency inputs