Amid an ongoing tussle between the younger and outdated guard within the Congress, occasion veterans urged their colleagues on Saturday to not discredit their very own legacy and mentioned that by doing so they’d solely be aiding the BJP’s designs to undermine the occasion within the public eye.
Advising restraint in airing grievances in public, a number of former Union ministers cautioned their occasion colleagues, saying such tendencies divide the Congress at a time when unity is required. In addition they mentioned one must study from previous defeats and revive the occasion reasonably than play into the arms of its “ideological enemies”.
Former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor got here to the rescue of occasion colleagues Manish Tewari and Milind Deora, saying the UPA’s transformative 10 years had been distorted and traduced by a motivated and malicious narrative.
Tharoor took to Twitter and wrote, “I agree with Manish Tewari and Milind Deora. UPA’s transformative 10 years had been distorted and traduced by a motivated and malicious narrative. There’s loads to study from our defeats and far to be achieved to revive Congress. However not by taking part in into the arms of our ideological enemies.”
His remarks got here amid the row over a Congress assembly chaired by occasion interim chief Sonia Gandhi two days in the past, which noticed arguments and sharp criticism by youthful leaders who appeared responsible the occasion’s final authorities for its downfall.
Amid the criticism of the senior leaders, a bit of the occasion rallied behind former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Twitter.
Congress leaders Anand Sharma, Tharoor, Tewari and former Mumbai Congress chief Deora — all ministers in Singh’s cupboard at one level — defended the previous Prime Minister, tagging criticism for him as “ill-informed” and a part of a “motivated and malicious narrative”.
Earlier within the day, Deora responding to a tweet of Tewari mentioned, “Nicely mentioned, Manish. When demitting workplace in 2014, Manmohan Singh mentioned historical past might be kinder to me. Might he have ever imagined that some from his personal occasion would dismiss his years of service to the nation and search to destroy his legacy – that, too, in his presence?”
Deora’s remarks got here after Tewari on Saturday hit out at occasion leaders who questioned 10 years of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) rule on the Centre, calling them “ill-informed”. Apparently, he gave the instance of the BJP to place out a contrasting image on occasion unity.
“The BJP was out of energy for 10 years (2004-14). Not as soon as did they ever blame (Atal Bihari) Vajpayee or his authorities for his or her then predicament. In Congress, sadly, some ill-informed (leaders) would reasonably take swipes at Dr Manmohan Singh-led UPA authorities than combat the NDA/BJP. When unity is required, they divide,” the member of Parliament from Anandpur Sahib in Punjab tweeted.
The verbal lashing from the previous Minister for Info and Broadcasting comes after a variety of occasion MPs questioned the UPA rule and demanded introspection on Congress debacles.
The members of Staff Rahul had requested for introspection when the Congress’ Rajya Sabha MPs met on Thursday. The problem of the 2014 election debacle was raised by Rajeev Satav, who was countered by Sharma and others.
“Congressmen should be pleased with the UPA’s legacy. No occasion disowns or discredits its legacy. No one expects the BJP to be charitable and provides us credit score, however our personal ought to respect and never neglect,” Sharma, the deputy chief of the Congress within the Rajya Sabha, mentioned.
The controversy was triggered by Satav who requested former ministers Kapil Sibal and P Chidambaram to introspect on the decline of the grand outdated occasion.
Nevertheless, in an try and clear the air, Satav on Saturday mentioned “some motivated media stories have twisted info”.
“The malicious try to attract Dr Manmohan Singh into this alternate is reprehensible. To say my observations forged a shadow over Dr Singh’s management of UPA II is a lie, a complete misrepresentation of info. I maintain Dr Singh in excessive esteem. He’s above reproach,” Satav mentioned in a sequence of tweets.
“Dr Singh has made commendable contributions to constructing trendy India. He’ll at all times be held in excessive regard. I’ll talk about my feedback, or these made by some other esteemed colleagues, on inside occasion boards solely,” he added.
UPAII was a superb govt, folks’s govt.The success of UPA II is bolstered after we examine it to the sharp slide below Modi.Elections are on the anvil in Bihar& Assam. BJP’s misdeeds have piled up.We have to collectively stand collectively below the management of Soniaji,Dr Singhji,Rahul Ji
— Rajeev Satav (@SATAVRAJEEV) August 1, 2020
Sharma famous that the historical past will truthfully report the commendable contributions of former prime minister Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.
“The 2 led India to a decade of compassionate and inclusive progress which all of us are pleased with,” he mentioned, including that he’s personally proud to have been part of each the UPA-1 and UPA-2 governments at the same time as he recalled a few of the achievements of the time in social and financial spheres.
“UPA authorities was sufferer of a grand political conspiracy and malicious disinformation marketing campaign of the BJP, political opponents and highly effective vested pursuits. Six years later, what was alleged in 2014 stands confirmed false in 2020. The place are the leaders of the Marketing campaign towards Corruption in the present day? The authors of the conspiracy generously rewarded the cheerleaders asking no questions,” Sharma mentioned in a sequence of tweets.
Sources near the Congress management mentioned pioneering reforms of UPA-1 and UPA-2 had been conceived, designed and formulated by the occasion, the Nationwide Advisory Council, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, and had been efficiently applied and executed by Singh and Staff Congress.
(With inputs from businesses)
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