Congress president or not, Rahul will all the time have pre-eminent place in celebration: Chidambaram | India Information – Instances of India

NEW DELHI: Senior Congress chief P Chidambaram on Sunday favoured a consensus for the put up of the AICC chief and asserted that Rahul Gandhi will all the time have a “pre-eminent place” within the celebration regardless of whether or not he’s president or not as he’s the “acknowledged chief” of the rank and file.
Up to now, Rahul Gandhi has declined to tackle the mantle of celebration presidency however could change his thoughts, the previous Union minister and Congress Working Committee member mentioned, simply days forward of the notification of polls to elect the AICC chief.
In an interview with PTI, Chidambaram mentioned there was no event for any controversy over the equity and transparency of the celebration president polls and asserted that had central election authority chairman Madhusudan Mistry’s final assertion on the issues of a few of the leaders come on the primary day, the matter would have stood resolved.
Underlining that it’s not the observe of any political celebration to publish the roll of the electoral faculty, he mentioned the PCC-wise electoral roll will likely be obtainable for inspection on the workplace of the PCC involved, whereas the all India electoral roll will likely be obtainable for inspection on the workplace of the AICC.
“Each nominated candidate will likely be entitled to a duplicate of the electoral roll. Mr Mistry has since clarified these self-evident factors and the MPs have mentioned they have been happy. The matter is rested,” Chidambaram mentioned.
Lok Sabha members Shashi Tharoor, Manish Tewari, Karti Chidambaram, Pradyut Bordoloi, and Abdul Khaleque, had written to Mistry, searching for readability on the problem of electoral rolls, to which the celebration’s ballot panel chief had clarified that anybody desirous to file nomination for the put up of Congress president will likely be in a position see the listing of the over 9,000 PCC delegates on the AICC’s central election authority workplace from September 20.
P Chidambaram additionally requested if the media had raised such points when the BJP or another celebration held its celebration elections.
“I can’t recall Mr J P Nadda asking for the electoral roll or submitting his nomination!” he mentioned.
Requested whether or not consensus or elections could be higher for the put up of AICC president, Chidambaram mentioned whereas election is the default choice, “the higher course — and all events comply with this — is to elect a nationwide president by consensus”.
“If my recollection is appropriate, Mr Nadda, and earlier than him Mr Amit Shah, Mr Rajnath Singh and Mr Gadkari, have been all elected by consensus,” he mentioned.
On whether or not Gandhi will heed appeals of celebration employees and leaders, Chidambaram mentioned he doesn’t know the reply to that query.
“Rahul Gandhi is the acknowledged chief of the rank and file of the celebration. They need him to be the President of the celebration additionally. Up to now, he has declined. He could change his thoughts,” the senior Congress chief informed PTI.
Requested whether or not the Gandhi household will proceed to occupy a spot of pre-eminence within the celebration if a non-Congress president is elected, Chidambaram cited the historical past of the Congress and identified that between 1921 and 1948 Mahatma Gandhi was the acknowledged chief of the Congress, and afterwards, Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi, one following the opposite, was the acknowledged chief of the celebration.
“Aside from the Chief, there have been a number of individuals who held the workplace of president of the celebration for one or two or three years. There have been intervals in Congress’ historical past when the Chief and the president was the identical individual, there have been lengthy intervals when the Chief and the president have been totally different individuals,” he mentioned.
The Rajya Sabha MP mentioned that if Rahul Gandhi is elected Congress president, he will likely be each chief and president, but when he isn’t, he’ll stay the acknowledged chief of the celebration and there will likely be one other individual holding the workplace of president.
“Rahul Gandhi will all the time have a pre-eminent place within the celebration,” Chidambaram asserted.
Requested if a non-Gandhi household individual will command the identical respect and authority, the senior chief mentioned the workplace of Congress president carries with it a fantastic custom and historical past, huge powers and big obligations.
“I’m sure whoever is elected Congress president will rise to the event and command respect among the many leaders and the rank and file of the celebration,” he added.
The notification for the Congress president’s election will likely be out on September 22 and the method for submitting nominations will likely be held from September 24 to 30.
The final date for the withdrawal of nominations is October 8 and the election, if required, will likely be held on October 17. The outcomes will likely be out on October 19. Speaking in regards to the celebration’s Bharat Jodo Yatra that started on September 7 from Kanyakumari, Chidambaram mentioned that from what he noticed in Tamil Nadu on the primary two days, and from what he has gathered from his colleagues in Kerala, numerous dormant Congressmen and ladies and sympathisers got here out of their properties and joined the padayatra for brief or lengthy distances.
Many tons of extra stood on the roadside and welcomed and cheered Rahul Gandhi and the yatris, he mentioned.
“It signifies that the elephant has been woke up. Hundreds of individuals are listening to an historical, but new, message: that this nation can’t be allowed to be divided by hate or anger or communal battle; that love and tolerance and fraternity will unite the folks of the nation; and that such unity alone can lay the idea for financial and social progress,” Chidambaram mentioned.
This message may be very totally different from the divisive and hate-filled messages that now we have heard during the last seven years, he mentioned.
Chidambaram cited the traces from a poem written 100 years in the past by Tamil poet Subramania Bharati which translate to, “In order that this nation could come up as one, come ahead to do a fantastic deed! Come! Come!”.
“As this message resonates all through the nation, it can actually rejuvenate and revive the Congress,” he asserted.
On the BJP’s criticism of the yatra, Chidambaram mentioned the ruling celebration was not ready for the sort of response that the yatra has evoked and alleged that its leaders have been resorting to misinformation, lies, mocking and abuse.



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