The senior Congress chief P Chidambaram on Sunday favoured a majority on the post of AICC chief and said the fact that Rahul Gandhi would always hold an “pre-eminent place” in the party regardless of whether the president is elected or not since Rahul Gandhi is the “acknowledged leader” of the ranks and rank and.
As of now, Rahul Gandhi has declined to accept the role of the party’s president, but he could reconsider his decision said the ex- Union minister as well as Congress Working Committee member said days ahead of the announcement of the polls for the election of as the AICC chief.
An interview was conducted by PTI, Chidambaram said there was no need for debate over the fairness and transparency of the polls for party president and said that the central election authority chairman Madhusudan mistry’s latest statement on the issues of some of the party’s leaders been made on the first dayof the polls, the issue would have been at a point of resolution.
Insisting that it isn’t the policy by any political organization to announce the electoral roll of the college, he stated that the PCC-specific electoral roll will be accessible to be inspected in the offices of the PCC responsible and the overall electoral rolls will also be accessible for inspection at the AICC office that is part of AICC.
“Every nominated candidate is entitled to a copy an electoral roll. Mr Mistry has recently clarified these obvious points and MPs have stated that they are happy. The case is now settled,” Chidambaram said.
Lok Sabha members Shashi Tharoor, Manish Tewari, Karti Chidambaram, Pradyut Bordoloi, and Abdul Khaleque, had written to Mistry to seek clarification regarding the electoral roll issue and the poll panel head of the party was clear that anyone wishing to nominate themselves to run for post of Congress president will be able to look up the list of more than 9000 PCC delegate at the AICC’s central elections authority office starting on the 20th of September.
P Chidambaram also asked if the media had discussed such questions during the time that it was the BJP and/or any other political party had elections for its members.
“I cannot recall Mr. J P Nadda asking for the electoral roll or filing his nomination!” said the politician. stated.
When asked if a the consensus approach or elections are more appropriate to fill an election for the post in the position of AICC President, Chidambaram stated that while election is the most likely alternative, “the better course — and all parties follow this — is to elect a national president by consensus”.
“If my recollection is correct, Mr. Nadda, and before him, Mr. Amit Shah, Mr. Rajnath Singh, and Mr. Gadkari, were all elected by consensus,” he added.
Concerning whether Gandhi will listen to the pleas of the party’s leaders and workers, Chidambaram said he does not know the answer to this question.
“Rahul Gandhi has been the recognized leader among the ranks and filial members in the party. They would like to make him the President of the party as well. So far, he has declined. He could reconsider,” the senior Congress leader said to PTI.
When asked if there is a chance that Gandhi family will be able to continue to hold the top spot in the Congress in the event that the president of the Congress is not elected, Chidambaram cited the history of the Congress and said that from 1921 to 1948, Mahatma Gandhi was recognized as the chief of the Congress in the years following. Then, Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi in succession to each other, were the recognized leader of the party.
“Apart to the President, a number of people who held the position that of President of the Party for just one or two, or even three years. There were times within Congress’ history where the President and the Leader were one person, there were also prolonged periods in which the President and the Leader were separate individuals,” he said.
A Rajya Sabha MP said that should Rahul Gandhi becomes the Congress president He will serve as both president and leader, however in the event that he does not win then he will still be the official chief of the Congress, and there will be a different person in the position of president.
“Rahul Gandhi will always have a pre-eminent place in the party,” Chidambaram declared.
When asked if a non-Gandhi-related person would be able to have an equal amount of respect or authority. The top leader claimed that the position of Congress president comes with an incredible history and tradition as well as vast power and responsibility. “I am certain whoever is elected Congress president will rise to the occasion and command respect among the leaders and the rank and file of the party,” said the leader. added.
The notice regarding the Congress president’s elections will go released on September 22nd and the procedure for filing nominations will take place from September 24 until September 30.
The last day to withdrawing of nominations is on October 8, and the election should it be required, will be held on the 17th of October. These results are expected to be announced on the 19th of October. In a discussion about the Congress’s Bharat Jodo Yatra which started on the 7th of September from Kanyakumari, Chidambaram said that from what he witnessed during the trip in Tamil Nadu on the first two days, as well as from what he’s learned through his contacts in Kerala there was a significant number in still-active Congressmen and women as well as supporters walked out of their homes to join the padayatra to travel shorter or longer distances.
Hundreds more gathered along the roadside and greeted with cheers Rahul Gandhi as well as the crowd of yatris, he added.
“It signifies that the elephant is awakened. Many people are hearing an ancient, yet fresh message: that this nation must not be be divided by hate , antagonism or conflict between communities and that tolerance and love and fraternity can bring people together across the country, and that only this kind of unity will create the basis to economic as well as social growth,” Chidambaram said.
This message is quite different from the hateful and divisive messages we have been hearing over the past 7 years,” he stated.
Chidambaram used the words from an old poem composed 100 centuries ago Tamil poet Subramania Bharati which translate to, “So that this country can be united Come forward to perform something great! Come! Come!”.
“As this message resonates throughout the country, it will certainly rejuvenate and revive the Congress,” he said.
In response to the BJP’s criticisms of the yatra Chidambaram claimed that the party’s leadership did not have the capacity to handle the type of reaction the yatra’s protests have provoked. He also claimed that its leaders were using deceit as well as lies, mockery and abuse.