Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal has spoke up again in the wake of the Congress’s poor showing in the recent Bihar assembly elections and bypolls, saying the people no longer saw the party as an effective alternative, and that the leadership was not addressing the problems facing the party.
Sibal was one among the 23 senior Congress leaders who had writtena letter to party president Sonia Gandhi earlier suggesting ways to revive the party.
The Congress knows the problems besetting it and the answers but is not willing to recognise them, which was coming in the way of finding a solution, Sibal told The Indian Express. Some of us put our pen to paper and said what should be done in the Congress on the road ahead. Instead of listening to us, they turned their back on us. The results are for all to see People of the country, not just in Bihar but wherever by-elections were held, obviously dont consider the Congress to be an effective alternative.
The time for introspection was over, Sibal said. A colleague of mine who is a part of the CWC (Congress Working Committee) said the other day that I hope the Congress introspects. If for six years the Congress has not introspected, what hope do we have for introspection now? We know what is wrong with the Congress.
Organisationally, we know what is wrong. We have all the answers. The Congress itself knows all the answers. But they are not willing to recognise those answers then the graph will continue to decline The Congress must be brave and willing to recognise them.
Asked if the Congress leadership was taking it as business as usual, Sibal said, I dont know. I am only talking about myself. I have not heard the leadership tell me anything I only hear voices which surround the leadership We are yet to hear from the Congress party their views on our recent performance in Bihar and the by-elections. Maybe they think all is well and that it should be business as usual.