“If we have hurt her (Sonia Gandhi’s) feelings, we are sorry for it,” M Veerappa Moily, one of many 23 senior Congress leaders who sought pressing organisational reforms, stated on Tuesday, asserting they by no means questioned her management.
At the identical time, the previous Union Minister defended being a signatory to the letter addressed to the interim Congress president, as he burdened the necessity for rejuvenating and restructuring the get together.
Mr Moily additionally disapproved of the media leak of the letter and referred to as for an inner get together enquiry to seek out out these behind it and needed them to be punished.
The former Karnataka Chief Minister asserted that none of 23 leaders have any intention to depart the Congress.
“We have never questioned the leadership of Soniaji,” Mr Moily instructed information company Press Trust of India in an interview, a day after the Congress Working Committee in a gathering prompted by the letter unanimously resolved to strengthen the palms of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in each potential method.
The get together’s prime decision-making physique additionally made it clear nobody shall be permitted to undermine or weaken the get together and its management.
“Soniaji is like a mother to the party. We revere her even now. There is no question of any intention to hurt her feelings. If we have hurt her feelings, we are sorry for it,” Mr Moily stated.
In her concluding remarks on the CWC assembly, Sonia Gandhi had agreed to proceed however stated this association can not stay “open ended”, as the brand new get together chief must be chosen quickly.
She had additionally stated that she doesn’t maintain something or any type of “ill-will” towards any of her colleagues no matter how hurtful have been the remarks made by them.
Noting that the get together is passing by means of troublesome instances, Mr Moily stated “We can’t afford to lose the Congress party which we have nurtured by our perspiration, dedication and sacrifice.”
“We do recognise the sacrifice made by Soniaji, she was reluctant (earlier to take up the post), but she gave life to Congress party. Nobody can be ungrateful to Soniaji. And we still treat her as our own mother and guide the destiny of the party and also destiny of the nation,” he stated.
“That respect will continue to be there. But at the same time, the party needs to be rejuvenated. Our main theme of the letter itself is rejuvenation of the Congress at all levels. That does not mean she should not be president. Her becoming interim president again is welcome. We all love her.”
He stated wholehearted efforts needs to be made to rejuvenate the get together, including, the organisation should be correctly restructured.
Mr Moily claimed some mischievous parts leaked the letter written by the leaders.
“I don’t know from which end it was released. That was not correct. We don’t approve of that, none of us approve of it,” he stated including not one of the signatories leaked it.
Mr Moily stated the leak had occurred “somewhere after it is given to…I don’t want to go into that. I think a proper inner party enquiry will have to be done and those who have leaked it will have to be punished,” he added.
On some senior Congress leaders, together with Kapil Sibal and Shashi Tharoor, assembly at their senior colleague Ghulam Nabi Azad’s home in Delhi on Monday night after the CWC assembly, Mr Moily stated he didn’t find out about it as he was not within the nationwide capital.
He added: “There is no question of any one of us thinking to condemn the party or be away from the party. No question. Question of joining hands with the BJP does not arise at all. We hate BJP, we continue to hate BJP and policies of (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi.”
Without naming anybody, Mr Moily attacked “betrayers” of the Congress.
“There are many people who betrayed the Congress many-a-time, they think that they are more loyal than us,” he stated.
Mr Moily stated he joined the Congress in 1968 and had remained loyal to the get together.
“There are some people who really let Indira Gandhi, and the Congress party down… they think they are more loyal than the King whereas many of us stood by Congress party and fought in most difficult times for the Congress party,” he added.
After a marathon seven-hour-long assembly, the CWC on Monday determined that Sonia Gandhi will proceed because the get together’s interim president and impact vital organisational adjustments whereas an AICC session shall be referred to as on the earliest to begin the method of electing a brand new chief.
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