Congress leader Salman Khurshid on Wednesday said the party would have been in a better position if Rahul Gandhi would have stayed on as party president instead of resigning after the 2019 Lok Sabha election result.
In a press conference, the senior party leader and India’s former external affairs minister slammed those who left the party after Congress suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
“Many people left the party after Congress’ performance. Rahul Gandhi left after our 2019 performance, we wanted him to continue but it was his decision and we had to respect it. If he would have stayed on it would have been better for the party,” Khurshid said.
“But that didn’t happen, now we sense a change in mood of the country,” he added.
Highlighting that the party’s future hangs in balance, Khurshid said only Sonia Gandhi can transform the party as the party had won the elections in 2004 under her watch.
“My personal view is that Sonia Gandhi should continue as AICC President, we have pleaded with her and we hope our pleas are heard,” he said.
He went on to say that Rahul Gandhi’s exit from the party created an uneasy vacuum and urged Sonia Gandhi to continue as party president. “We hope she remains our permanent president. She has kept inspiring us,” Khurshid said.
On losing to BJP in the Lok Sabha elections, he said that there are many upcoming elections and the party now has to forget the past and be fully prepared for future elections.
Expressing that he is deeply concerned about the party, he said, “No matter what happens we won’t leave the party, we aren’t like those who got everything from the party and when the chips were down and things were difficult, they left the party and walked away.”
Earlier, Khurshid said Congress party workers need to forget about the Lok Sabha debacle and focus on analysing what led to the loss in the Lok Sabha elections 2019.
“We haven’t really got together to analyze why we got defeated. Our biggest problem is our leader (Rahul Gandhi) has walked away,” Khurshid said. Congress had just managed to 52 out of 542 parliamentary seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
The Congress leader also spoke on the alarming state of foreign policy affairs and criticised the ruling BJP-led NDA government for not consulting the opposition on matters of foreign policy.
“One needs to sit with the opposition on foreign policy but this Government doesn’t do that. What we were hoping from China we haven’t got it, it is one thing to sit on a swing and another to get something substantial from it,” Khurshid said.
Source By Indiatoday