A day after Congress leader Gaurav Vallabh criticized Shashi Tharoor over his possible candidature for AICC president’s election, the party today asked all its spokespersons and communications department office-bearers to refrain from commenting on any of the contesting colleagues. requested.
Mr Vallabh yesterday hit out at Mr Tharoor over his possible AICC presidential election bid, saying his “only major contribution” to the party was sending a letter to Sonia Gandhi while she was hospitalised.
In a first indicator of the leaders’ favor in the upcoming contest for the top post, Mr. Vallabh had also expressed support for another contender, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who many believe to be part of the current leadership. is support.
According to sources, AICC in-charge communication secretary Jairam Ramesh, in a message to all the spokespersons and office bearers of the communication department, said, “I would strongly urge all the spokespersons and office bearers of the communication department of AICC to refrain from making any comments. Any kind of atrocities on any of our colleagues who are contesting for the post of Congress President.”
“We all have our individual preferences but our job is only to highlight that the Congress is the only political party which has a democratic and transparent system for the election of its president,” the sources said.
According to sources, Mr. Ramesh told the spokespersons and office bearers of the Department of Communications that their job is to highlight that the Congress is the only political party in India that has an independent election authority to conduct organizational elections.
Sources said, “A person who wants to contest an election does not need permission from anyone except 10 PCC representatives to file nomination papers. The election authority ensures free and fair elections. The spokespersons have to ensure that that the elections be free and fair.” Told.
“If the election is to be held on October 17, then so be it. We welcome it. Still, the focus of the entire party organization should be on the Bharat Jodi Yatra, which has already received an overwhelming response and a resounding success. The sources quoted the Congress general secretary as saying.
Gaurav Vallabh is also the spokesperson of the party, but he insisted that his remarks were meant as a Congress worker and not as a spokesperson.
“Like crores of workers my first wish is that Rahul Gandhi ji should provide his leadership to the Congress and the country. But if Rahul Gandhi ji sticks to his decision (not to take the post of Congress chief) and has to choose someone who will come in public discussion. Between the two names, there is no comparison between the two,” Mr Vallabh had said in a series of tweets in Hindi.
On the one hand, there is Gehlot, who has the experience of being a Union Minister, three times Chief Minister, five times MP, five times MLA, and who has defeated Narendra Modi-Amit Shah in a straight contest and who has been MLA for 45 times. Years of “immaculate” political life, he said.
“On the other hand there is Shashi Tharoor sahib who has made only one major contribution to the party in the last eight years – sent letters to Congress President Sonia Gandhi ji when she was hospitalised, this act caused pain to crores of party workers like me. The choice is very simple and clear,” he had said.
Mr Vallabh’s remarks were a reference to a letter sent by a group of 23 leaders including Mr Tharoor to Sonia Gandhi calling for massive reforms in the party in 2020.
In a late night tweet, Mr Tharoor recounted former US President Theodore Roosevelt’s famous speech known as “The Man in the Arena”.
“It is not the critic that matters; it is not the person who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doers could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena who is the most It is bad, if he fails, to fail, at least with great courage, so that his place will never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat,” Theodore Roosevelt said in a speech posted by Mr. Tharoor.
Many saw Mr Tharoor’s post as his reaction to Mr Vallabh and other critics, as well as a reference to his potential All India Congress Committee (AICC) presidency.
After more than two decades, the Congress is all set to see a contest for the post of party chief. Ashok Gehlot and Shashi Tharoor are being seen as possible contenders.
The Congress’s Central Election Authority on Thursday issued a notification for the AICC president elections, setting the ball rolling for the election of a successor to longest-serving party chief Sonia Gandhi.
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