Salman Khurshid: Feel very low that Jitin Prasada quit Congress | Interview

After Jyotiraditya Scindia, one other GenNext chief and Rahul Gandhi aide, Jitin Prasada, stunned the Congress by switching over to the BJP, forward of the Uttar Pradesh election.

In an interview with India Today TV Consulting Editor Rajdeep Sardesai, senior Congress chief Salman Khurshid mentioned he feels very low that his colleague Jitin Prasada quit the social gathering, however added that it’s Prasada’s alternative. Excerpts:

Last yr Jyotiraditya Scindia, rumblings round Sachin Pilot, and now Jitin Prasada. Is Congress a sinking ship that can’t accommodate the ambitions of youthful leaders specifically?

That’s a very, very robust query. If I agree with the primary half, I’ll then have the ability to settle for the second half. If I don’t agree with the primary half, then what do I say in regards to the second half? Congress goes by way of troublesome occasions. I don’t suppose any wise individual will contradict or deny that. But there are literally thousands of us who’re completely decided to see the Congress by way of these dangerous occasions and get again to good occasions once more. That’s the conviction, that’s the matter of religion, that’s the matter of research… and I consider that’s good for the nation as properly. If individuals are leaving us, we can’t be outlined or described when it comes to their choices. They take their resolution, they go the place they need to go. In this specific case, I really feel very, very dangerous. I really feel very low as a result of his father was an excellent good friend of mine. He’s been a very good good friend of mine. We’ve all favored him as a youthful brother, as a youthful individual and I’m deeply unhappy that he determined to go. But that’s his alternative, his resolution. Let it relaxation there.

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Is there a necessity for Congress to vary the best way it features when it comes to the way you reward individuals based mostly on benefit and mass join and never based mostly on who their father was?

Listen, there are issues like legacy, heritage continuity, custom, which aren’t all dangerous issues. But clearly, benefit is a vital factor. And you can’t be saying that individuals who have received elections on this nation don’t have benefit. Somebody would have received an election and made area for themselves within the higher echelons of the social gathering. And when the social gathering hit a nasty time, they misplaced their elections. They have received and so they have misplaced. Where does how the social gathering features come into this? The social gathering has a spot for individuals who don’t have political heritage and legacy and it has a spot for individuals who have it. But when what would serve the social gathering higher shall be a call that the social gathering will take on occasion. There aren’t any absolutes and last, conclusive views about this.

You have been a marginal participant in Uttar Pradesh for the longest time. And there was no severe try, it appears, to revive the social gathering. You have now put in Priyanka Gandhi Vadra… [but] there aren’t any seen indicators that Congress is a brand new political animal in UP…Even those that have entry to the Gandhi household are leaving for greener pastures…

If somebody is drawn to greener pastures, I can’t be answering questions on them. People have totally different attitudes. And it’s improper to say that Priyanka Gandhi ji has come and Congress doesn’t know what it’s doing. I do consider that she has introduced in numerous power to the social gathering. We have belief and religion that she is going to lead our social gathering to our respectful place. We could also be improper however then that’s our conviction and that’s our religion. If we see how she performs, connects, works, leads, cajoles and pushes… we’ve seen all that. It’s for us to evaluate whether or not that’s what we want or any individual else sitting in a studio telling us there’s something else you need to be doing.

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Congress has been in disaster since 2014. What’s the answer to the disaster?

I’m not denying that we’re in a chronic disaster. But on occasion, we’ve been capable of maintain the road. We have. We have, in spite of everything, remained in authorities even when disaster was surrounding us. Of course, there are very severe crises about how this nation ought to go ahead. We have been hit by that disaster as properly. And we’re taking it on the chin. But everybody shouldn’t be just like the people who find themselves leaving. I’m right here. Should you not concentrate on those that usually are not prepared to go away? It’s not that we’re blind, insensitive or we don’t care about our future however we do consider that our future lies within the Congress and that’s why we’re right here. Some individuals consider ideology, some consider their profession. I don’t need to tackle anybody for the selection that they’ve made.

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