Kapil Sibal doesn’t know ABC of Congress, says Ashok Gehlot
Ashok Gehlot hit out at senior lawyer Kapil Sibal
Sibal isn’t a person from Congress culture: the Rajasthan CM said
Sibal had said the Congress leadership is in cuckoo land
Ashok Gehlot, chief minister of Rajasthan – one of the few states where the Congress still remains in power – hit out at senior lawyer, party colleague and former minister Kapil Sibal on Tuesday over the latter’s remarks on the Gandhi family. “Kapil Sibal isn’t a person from Congress culture. He’s a renowned advocate who entered Congress. Sonia ji and Rahul ji have given him a lot of chances. It is expected from a person who doesn’t know ABC of Congress to give such statements,” Gehlot said, speaking to news agency ANI.
Gehlot, a veteran Congressman who has himself battled a fair share of infighting within his ranks over the last couple of years due to his rift with Sachin Pilot, said, “Those who are talking about finishing the Congress party will themselves get finished. The Congress is years old party and our leaders have made supreme sacrifices before and after Independence.”
Gehlot, along with other Congress leaders loyal to the Gandhis, is speaking out against a statement made by Kapil Sibal after the grand old party suffered a drubbing in all five of the five states that went to polls. “Leadership in cuckoo land…I want a ‘Sab ki Congress’. Some want a ‘Ghar ki Congress’,” Sibal had told The Indian Express.
Kapil Sibal is one of the members of what is referred to as the G-23 or the group of 23, leaders who had written to party supremo Sonia Gandhi two years ago, calling for sweeping changes amid the Congress’ dwindling fortunes.
The Congress Working Committee met recently to discuss the way forward after the party’s poor show in the Assembly polls. At the meeting, Sonia Gandhi is said to have offered to resign from her post along with her son Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. Rahul Gandhi does not hold a post in the Congress chain of command at the moment, but is said to be the person steering much of the party’s decision-making.
Sibal’s comment has also faced the ire of Congress’ Lok Sabha whip Manickam Tagore, accused him of speaking the language of the RSS-BJP. He went on to say, “Why RSS and BJP want Nehru-Gandhi’s out of the leadership? Because without Gandhi’s leadership Congress will be become Janata party. It’s easy to kill Congress then it’s easy to destroy the idea of India (sic).”