New Delhi, Feb 17 : Amid differences between the Congress leaders over the Aam Aadmi Party's victory in the Delhi assembly polls, the party high command on Monday came out with a veiled warning that the leaders of outside Delhi should introspect their own performance, instead of commenting on grand old party's Delhi affairs.
"Congress leaders in rest of India commenting upon issues outside their states need to look at their own performances, their own responsibilities and their own commitment to the party", said AICC communication in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala, while responding to questions by media persons at party headquarters.
He also said that the Congress had 'unequivocally' told Delhi state leaders to introspect about their role and responsibilities, just after the assembly election, in which Congress could not win a single seat. Mr Surjewala responded to the question in the wake of war of words between Congress leaders over the praising of Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP's performance in the election.
"How much has the Congress gained in their own respective areas or under their own leadership, I urge upon each one of the Congress leader, Congress men and women, that they should concentrate first their role and responsibility, on strengthening the Congress party in the respective constituency and state that they are come from", Mr Surjewala further said. He added that "the day they (Congress leaders) will be able to do so, they will be making a positive contribution, to not only growth of the Congress party, but also, the politics of pluralism and inclusiveness, that we all espouse". Referring to the differences, the Congress communication chief said that "sometimes in the heat of the movement, people make remarks, but every such remarks is not treated as an affront".
"I think this advisory to the seasoned and young leaders should help them to look at their own role and responsibility", Mr Surjewala added. On Sunday, former Union Minister Ajay Maken had 'advised' senior Mumbai Congress leader Milind Deora to leave the party, instead of 'propagating half baked truths', the latter responded that Mr Maken was in favour of the alliance with the AAP. Mr Maken's response came after Mr Deora had praised Mr Kejriwal and his government for its performance on Sunday.
"Sharing a lesser known and welcome fact — the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government doubled its revenues to Rs 60,000 crore and maintained a revenue surplus over the last 5 years. Food for thought: Delhi is now one of India’s most fiscally prudent governments", Mr Deora had stated while sharing a video of the Delhi Chief Minister. In a response to this tweet, Mr Maken, who was also the former Delhi assembly speaker had said that "Brother, you want to leave Congress, please do, then propagate half baked facts" and stated that revenue collection was much higher when the Congress was in power in Delhi. Besides, Mr Maken and Mr Deora, former Finance Minister and senior leader P Chidambaram had also faced criticism from his party colleague, Sharmishta Mukherjee, for his praise for AAP victory.
On the difference between Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath and senior leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, the Congress communication chief rejected the media reports and said that the "equation between both the leaders are absolutely cordial and great and they are working towards strengthening the party".
Mr Scindia and Mr Kamal Nath are amongst the most dedicated leaders of the Congress party. Anybody who comes for a grievances to a leader in the state, it is our duty to hear their grievances and articulate them in a mechanism that has been created by the Congress party.
What you see as a spat is actually a manufactured one from an outsider’s perspective", he said. On the delay to appoint a new PCC president in party's Karnataka unit, Mr Surjewala said that the matter is currently pending active consideration of Congress president and "a new leader will be leading in Karnataka Congress, soon". (UNI)