Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Wednesday urged the leaders who left the party recently to come back to the Congress fold, saying the party is alone which can save the country.
Amid the ongoing crisis in the Punjab Congress, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Wednesday questioned the delay in the election of the party president, saying the party was in a situation where it should not be.
Addressing a press conference, Kapil Sibal spoke on behalf of the group of 23 leaders (G-23), who wrote a strongly worded letter to party president Sonia Gandhi last year, raising questions over the manner in which the party was being led.
“In our party, there is no president. So we don’t know who is taking these decisions. We know and yet we don’t know,” Kapil Sibal said.
Kapil Sibal said he and other G-23 leaders did not want to leave the party but strengthen it. “I am speaking on behalf of my personal capacity and like-minded people who had written the letter last year. I stand here with a heavy heart. I am a part of a party that has a glorifying past. I can’t see the situation it is at the moment,” Sibal said.
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Kapil Sibal’s remarks come at a time when the Punjab Congress unit is in a fresh crisis after Navjot Singh Sidhu resigned as the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief on Tuesday. Sidhu’s announcement came as a shock to the Congress central leadership, which oversaw a leadership change in the state in the last 10 days.
Kapil Sibal said the situation the party is in today is due to the fact that it is without a leader. “There is no president. The demand is growing to call CWC (Congress Working Committee) to have some dialogue,” he said.
Kapil Sibal said he and the G-23 leaders were not among those who would leave the Congress to join other parties. “Ironically, those who were supposed to be close to the central leadership have left them,” he said.
“I would urge those leaders who left to come back because the Congress party is alone which can save the country,” he added.
Commenting on the crisis in Punjab Congress, Kapil Sibal said he wouldn’t comment on Navjot Singh Sidhu or him being made the state president.
“What’s happening in Punjab, which is just 300 kilometers away from Pakistan border, and we know of the situation which has transpired in the state with regards to insurgency and the ISI,” he said.