Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal, who is known for speaking his mind, has once again criticised the party’s leadership for the miserable performance in Bihar election and bypolls in several other states.
Notably, due to Congress’ miserable performance, the Grand Alliance led by RJD could not topple the NDA government In Bihar despite RJD emerging as the largest party with the maximum number of seats.
Kapil Sibal said that despite the loss of face in the elections, there is still no introspection in the party.
In an interview with an English daily, Kapil Sibal came down heavily on the Congress leadership, saying there has been no word from the party on its abysmal performance in the Bihar assembly election in which Congress’s seat tally went down further compared to the 2015 election.
Kapil Sibal has said, “We are yet to hear from the Congress party their views on our recent performance in Bihar and in the by-elections. Maybe they think all is well and that it should be business as usual.”
No hope for introspection: Kapil Sibal
Talking about how Congress has been on a downward spiral since the 2014 Lok Sabha election and has consistently worsened its performance, Kapil Sibal said there is an urgent need for introspection for the party’s leadership.
“If for six years the Congress has not introspected, what hope do we have for introspection now? We know what is wrong with Congress. Organisationally, we know what is wrong. I think we have all the answers. The Congress party itself knows all the answers. But they are not willing to recognise those answers,” he said.
Kapil Sibal says Congress failed to project itself as “alternative”
Kapil Sibal, who was one of the 23 party veterans who wrote a letter to Sonia Gandhi, criticising the functioning of the party, has also said that the party has failed to project itself as an “effective alternative” and not just Bihar, people across India do not consider the Congress as one.
“The people of the country, not just in Bihar but wherever by-elections were held, obviously don’t consider the Congress to be an effective alternative. So, the writing is on the wall,” said Kapil Sibal.
Sibal further added, “Since there has been no dialogue and there seems to be no effort for a dialogue by the leadership and since there is no forum to express my views, I am constrained to express them publicly.”
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