New Delhi: After Congress’s humiliating defeat in the recently-concluded Delhi assembly polls, senior leader Shashi Tharoor on Thursday urged his party to hold “leadership elections to energise workers and inspire voters”, while also endorsing views of his colleague Sandeep Dikshit on the leadership role. Also Read - British MP Deported: 'Pak Proxy,' Says Abhishek Singhvi While Shashi Tharoor Condemns Move
“Most of them, those who are in Rajya Sabha, those who have been former chief ministers, even some of our current CMs who are very senior, I think it is time for them to come up and go the extra mile for their party,” Dikshit had told The Indian Express. Also Read - ‘Mohammed Ali Jinnah Still Winning,’ Congress MP Shashi Tharoor Stirs Controversy Again on CAA
Endorsing the news item, Shashi Tharoor said, “What @SandeepDikshit said openly is what dozens of party leaders from across the country are saying privately, incl many w/ responsible positions in the Party. I renew my appeal toCWC to hold leadership elections to energise workers&inspire voters.” Also Read - Delhi Assembly Election 2020: Congress Releases List of Star Campaigners, Names Include Navjot Singh Sidhu, Shashi Tharoor
If reports are to be believed, Congress might take a call on selecting a new president for the party soon, given the health issues of the party’s interim president Sonia Gandhi.
Earlier, senior leader Jairam Ramesh had opined that the party should “ruthlessly” reinvent itself or face the prospect of becoming irrelevant. Asked about the leadership issue in the party, Ramesh had said local level leaders have to be encouraged and nurtured, adding that they have to be given freedom and autonomy.
“The substance and style of our leadership has to change. We are virtually non-existent in Bihar, we are almost extinct in UP but we are strong in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Haryana we have come back,” Ramesh had said.
Congress’ Jyotiraditya Scindia also echoed a similar sentiment, saying the Delhi poll debacle was disappointing for the party. He had emphasised on the need for the Congress to adopt a new ideology and a new way of working.