‘Congress is not effective opposition at the moment’: Kapil Sibal

Kapil Sibal said he stands by his comments that Congress is not an effective opposition to the BJP at the moment.
Kapil Sibal

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Friday iterated that the party is not an effective opposition at the moment to the BJP and the change will not happen in the country unless the Congress goes to the people and tell them what the party is all about. He also stressed that he is not against Rahul Gandhi or his family but the functioning of the grand old party.

In an interview to India Today, Kapil Sibal said he stands by his comments that Congress is not an effective opposition to the BJP at the moment. “How can you be an effective Opposition when we don’t even have a full-time president for 18 months when we don’t have even a conversation in the party on why we are losing… I am not rebelling against the Gandhi family,” he said.

When asked about Rahul Gandhi’s leadership and influence within the party, Sibal admitted that people look up to the Wayanad MP but this is not about individuals. It is about saving the country from “political and economic oligarchs”, he said.

The senior Congress leader asserted that he would continue to raise questions till a conversation is started about the party’s functioning and poll performances.

Talking about Congress’ poll performances of late, he said, “Today, Congress workers cannot go out of their homes. The question they face is: what has happened to your party? What about their sentiments? My sentiments have also been hurt. I’m talking about the sentiments of millions of Congress workers.”

“I’m not challenging anybody. We know change will not happen tomorrow. We lost 2014. We lost 2019. Change will not happen because of [internal] elections. We have to go to the people… and tell them what the Congress ideology is,” added the dissenting Congress leader.

Sibal’s interview has come days after he stirred a political storm following Congress’ dismal performance in the recently-held Bihar Assembly elections. He criticised the party saying its performance in elections recently suggest people do not consider it to be an “effective alternative”.

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