“Now that Congress president Sonia Gandhi had clearly stated that the party organisation and president would be elected in six months, it was unfortunate that some leaders continue making unwanted statements. Such statements become even more ridiculous as the demand for elections are being made by the leaders who either never contested the elections themselves or now even they themselves may not remember when they contested last,” Jakhar said.
Stating that there were inherent contradictions in the letter written by them, he said they targeted Rahul Gandhi for “abetting division within the ranks” by holding Youth Congress elections, and on the other hand they wanted elections to be held from block level to the national body despite pandemic crisis. “Is it not applying double standards? Will these elections then not create rift in the party,” he questioned. Instead of giving a serious thought before making statements on the issue, some leaders were trying only to protect their positions, which was a sign of frustration and weakness, he added.
“Of course, I am a supporter of democracy in the party but there should be regular brainstorming within the party and the modalities of its implementation should be worked out through mutual deliberation,” Jakhar said.