After the pathetic performance in the just concluded Assembly elections, the number of Congress leaders who have started casting doubts on the political acumen of Rahul Gandhi is on the rise. The latest to join the bandwagon of leaders who have openly but carefully advised Rahul Gandhi to change style to regain the lost political space is the veteran leader Digvijaya Singh. Speaking at a programme organised by The Indian Express AICC General Secretary and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister said Rahul needs to be more aggressive. He criticised the party leadership for not implementing A K Antony report which studied the causes for the 2014 electoral debacle.
“I would say that we want a new Congress, a new charter, a new roadmap, a new style of campaigning. A new Congress has to be built, and there is no other person who can do it better than Rahul Gandhi. He has to act… My complaint against Rahul Gandhi is that he is not acting… decisively. I have told him a number of times. Sometimes, he gets angry when I keep repeating the same thingDigvijaya Singh, AICC General Secretary
He said party needs to be attuned to the changing times. The party needs to address the aspiration of the emerging middle class and chart new course for the party. When specifically asked who should do all this Digvijaya Singh said it is Rahul’s duty.
His displeasure in the leadership for not taking up corrective measures was evident when he said only Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi knows when the A K Antony committee report will be implemented.
This report was submitted in February 28, 2015. And on the basis of that report, the new Congress was to be drafted. Unfortunately, that has not happened. This should happenDigvijaya Singh , AICC General Secretary
He said issue is not about leadership and added that Nehru - Gandhi family is the greatest binding factor in Congress. “The issue is of rejuvenating Congress” he added. Congress leaders C P Johsi and Aswini Kumar also expressed their reservation against the functioning of the Congress. Mani Shanker Aiyer has wrote an article in which he suggested the present leadership to learn from 2004 experience and bring all anti BJP forces together. Some of the party sympathisers have started an online campaign to make Shashi Tharoor as the prime ministerial candidate of the Congress.