Adhir Says Dissenters Can Leave
The post-Bihar voices in Congress grew louder on Wednesday with senior member P Chidambaram joining the ranks of functionaries critical of the party's showing in the recent state elections and bypolls in other states.
Chidambaram said, I'm more worried about the bypoll results in Gujarat, MP, UP and Karnataka. These results show that the party either has no organisational presence on the ground or has been weakened considerably.
The remark is significant as it echoes the dissident group which, after a brief lull following the controversy over its letter in August, has seized upon the recent poll debacle to revive its demand that the leadership acknowledge that the party is in decline and consult seniors - an implied criticism of party functionaries close to Rahul Gandhi - on the path ahead. The G23 members have held discussions after Bihar results on the next course of action. The bloc may ask for a special session of a party committee like CWC to discuss the organisational drift.
Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Congress's leader in Lok Sabha, took on the critics by saying, "If some leaders think Congress is not the right party for them, then they may set up a new party or can join any other party that they think is progressive and according to their interest. But they should not indulge in such embarrassing activities since it can erode the credibility of Congress."