Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Sunday said that the Congress leaders are completely cut off from the common people and the five-star culture has gone home in the party. He called for radical changes in the organizational structure. His statement comes after the Congress’ defeat in the Bihar Assembly elections. The party contested 70 assembly seats in this election, out of which it could win only 19 seats.
Azad said that there is an urgent need for radical changes in the party structure by conducting elections from the block to the district and state level. He said that Congress leaders should give up the five-star culture at least during elections. Azad, one of the 23 leaders who wrote letters for organizational change, said they were raising issues as “reformists, not as rebels.” He told PTI-language, “There is a huge gap between people and Congress leaders at the district, block and state levels. The party’s involvement with the public should be a continuous process, not just during elections. ”
The Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha said that the party leaders should give up the five-star culture. He said, “Congress leaders should give up the five-star culture. At least during the elections he should avoid this culture and live among the people in the area. Must visit and not just stay in five star hotels and return. He said, “Every leader should have knowledge of each assembly constituency. Only going from Delhi and staying in five-star hotels and returning to Delhi after two-three days is nothing but a waste of money. ”
Azad said – we are reformists, not rebels
The former Union Minister advocated holding elections for all positions in the state, district and block units of the Congress. He said, “We should elect PCC, DCC and BCC, and a program is very important for the party in this regard.” Azad said that he along with other Congress leaders are raising these issues in the interest of the party. He said, “We are reformists, not rebels.” We are not against leadership. Rather, we are strengthening the hands of leadership by proposing reforms. ”
Azad wrote a letter to Sonia Gandhi
Azad did not hold the top leadership of the party responsible for the defeat in the election, but said there was no contact between the leaders and the people. He did not elaborate on the Bihar defeat. Azad was among the 23 leaders who wrote a letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi in August demanding elections for key positions and organizational changes in the party.