October 19, 2021

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Look into mirror and introspect, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury tells Congress leaders calling for reform within party


Hitting out at the growing chorus by senior Congress leaders calling for deep structural reforms within the party, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Monday said the leader should “look into a mirror and do introspection”.
Hitting out at the growing chorus by senior Congress leaders calling for reforms within the party, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Monday said the leader should “look into a mirror and do introspection”.
Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury’s remarks come in the backdrop of senior party leader Kapil Sibal’s public criticism of the Congress leadership after party’s poor performance in the recently-concluded Bihar assembly polls and his statement that the time of introspection was over and people no longer saw the party as an effective alternative.
Not just Kapil Sibal, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Sunday expressed concern over the party’s gradual deterioration and said deep structural reforms are needed for a revival. While he made it clear that there is no rebellion within the Congress party, he told news agency ANI that there is an urgent need for the members of the party — from workers to top leadership — to understand their responsibilities.
Responding to these voices, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury today asked why the leaders are mudslinging at the party in media and not waiting for the All India Congress Committee (AICC) session where they will have all the opportunity to speak.
“If they have anything to point out for Bihar loss, they should wait for the right time. Rubbing salt on an electoral loss is opportunism. Some people might enjoy it,” Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said.
He added that the Congress Party has a culture and the leaders “owe their position today to the party culture, they should not attack it”.
“We are in an alliance in Bengal with Left parties where our performance was better than coalition partners in 2016 assembly polls. One can’t compare it to Bihar or any other state,” Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said.
He also asserted that pointing fingers at Rahul Gandhi and blaming him alone is no solution.

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