‘It is necessary that how the organization of Congress should be strengthened’
Talking to a private TV channel, Manish Tewari said that the comprehensive strategy will emerge from the interaction and contemplation of 400 people present in the Chintan Shivir. 400 people have their own experience. Groups have been formed to talk on different topics, including political, economic, organizational matters, youth, agriculture. The most important thing is how to strengthen the organization of Congress. What will be the stand of Congress towards the alliance. In addition, there are deliberative matters.
‘The balance of the country has deteriorated in 8 years’
Responding to the question of what is the biggest challenge in the party today, Manish Tewari said that even though BJP and NDA are winning elections in the last 8 years, the balance of the country has deteriorated. Whether it is social balance, whether it is economic balance, whether there is balance in international affairs. Because of this, a wonderful situation has prevailed in this country. Supreme Court expresses concern over free speech, stays sedition case. So there are many issues which are fundamental to India. So it is not a question of Congress party only. This party is only a subset. Today big challenges are before the country, what should be our stand on them, how should the leadership implement the party’s stand.
On the question of election of full time president of Congress, Manish Tewari said that an organizational affairs committee has been formed, its president is Mukul Wasnik. I hope that the sensitive issues, which are directly related to your election process and performance, will be discussed with an open mind.
‘Unfortunately whatever we said in the context of Punjab turned out to be correct’
On the question of not accepting the advice of senior party leaders in Punjab elections, Manish Tewari said that it is our right to give opinion. To believe it or not depends on the leadership. For the last 40 years, we have been saying whatever we think is right in our conscience and will continue to say it in the future. Unfortunately whatever we said in the context of Punjab turned out to be correct. The opinion given is not given out of any ambition. Any opinion is given out of emotional and ideological attachment to the party.
‘No one in Congress doubts Sonia Gandhi’s leadership’
On the recent statement of NCP chief Sharad Pawar on the Gandhi family, Manish Tewari said that Sonia Gandhi was the President of Congress from 1998 to 2017. During that 10 years UPA rule was at the center. There are ups and downs in the life of political parties. In 2019, he did not say that make me the president, the Congress party took this decision in one voice. As far as Sonia Gandhi is concerned, there is no controversy within the Congress regarding her leadership. We only believe that some correction needs to be applied.
On the question of One Family One Ticket, Manish Tiwari said that I have always believed that this criterion should be implemented. It should be implemented so that common worker gets a chance. When workers find that their aspirations and hopes are not fulfilled in the party, they go elsewhere. It harms the party.
Finally Manish Tewari said that we are going for meeting in udaipur with hope in our hearts. We have been associated with Congress party since childhood, our family has given martyrdom for the ideology of this party. We come from families who have played their part in the freedom struggle of India. We want the Congress to reach those heights again, which is not only necessary for the party, but is necessary to keep the idea of India alive.