Won’t be business as usual within INC: Tharoor

SansadTV Bureau

sonia_rahulIt won’t be “business as usual” in the Congress after the severe drubbing in the elections and party President Sonia Gandhi would soon fix accountability and take decisions on revamping the party, former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor said on Wednesday.

The decisions will be taken as per her own analysis and that of the A.K. Antony Committee report, he said.

Tharoor said only Sonia would be able to steer the party out of this crisis as she has seen two election losses in a row and two consecutive wins under her command.

Asked if it meant that Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi would be taking a back seat, the two-time MP from Kerala said, “Rahul has his own leadership role and will of course be supporting her. He was not the Vice President when the party lost those elections and also won consecutively and hence I mentioned Sonia.”

“She has got her impression which will be added to what Antony Committee has concluded,” he said, stressing that it won’t be “business as usual” in the party which has set up a committee headed by Antony to study the reasons for the poor performance in the elections.

Over criticism of Rahul of not being an out and out politician, he said, “Rahul may not be a conventional politician but he is a grassroots politician.”

Tharoor admitted that he would have personally liked to see Rahul as the Leader of the Party in Lok Sabha. “But he has decided that he will be more useful outside in the organisation. He was off to Badaun to condemn the rape and murder of the two girls”.

Asked about open dissent within the party in Maharashtra and Assam, he said the high command was looking into the issues.

“These seem to be issues of unfulfilled personal ambitions,” Tharoor said.