The Congress (G-23) members criticised Mallikarjun Kharge over his remarks. Senior party member Mallikarjun Kharge was speaking at the Idea Exchange Session organised by The Indian Express.
He said that Congress G23 members were negligent during the Covid-19 pandemic. He asserted that party members should not destroy the party’s motto and should not forget the opportunities provided by the party.
Kapil Sibal is an active member of the G-23 group; he hosted a dinner party for the group members to further discuss various strategies. According to The Indian Express, Kapil Sibal mentioned that while Kharge refers to party members destroying the party’s motto.
He should not forget that some of the G-23 members helped build the party even when people were leaving the party. Further, Sibal said, in politics, you should think before you leap and reflect before speaking.
Anand Sharma, the Congress deputy leader, said that he is lifelong committed to Congress and believes in the party’s ideology.
Minister Shashi Tharoor commented on the remarks made by Kharge, calling it “unfortunate”.Tharoor further said he has respect for Kharge and hopes he appreciates the work committed by the other party members.
The leader of G-23 members, Manish Tewari, clarified that Mallikarjun Kharge should have a conversation with him.
As a leader of the G-23, he will clarify the work done by the group members not only in the same constituency but also in different regions.
The dinner party by Kapil Sibal was attended by Sharad Pawar, the president of the Nationalist Congress Party, Lalu Yadav from the Rashtriya Janata Dal, Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut and Akhilesh Yadav from Samajwadi Party. Shiromani Akali Dal’s Naresh Gujral also attended the party.
In August 2020, twenty-three congress members had written to the Congress leader, Sonia Gandhi, demanding a revamp of the party’s hierarchy.
The original members of G-23 include Kapil Sibal, Shashi Tharoor, Manish Tiwari, Anand Sharma, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Renuka Chaudhary, Mukul Wasnik, PJ Kurien, Milind Deora, Bhupendra Singh Hooda, Jitin Prasada, Prithviraj Chavan, Veerappa Moily, Ajay Singh, and others.
There were several demands put forth by the G-23 members to Sonia Gandhi. The first demand urged a fresh election to appoint a chief of the party and the second for revamping the party’s hierarchy.
In December 2020, Sonia Gandhi met with the G-23 members and clarified that an election will take place by June. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the elections were postponed.
The poor performance of Congress in the elections led to the demand for revamp in the party. After losing the 2014 elections to the Bharatiya Janata Party, the downfall was again noticed by many congress members when Rahul Gandhi lost the constituency of Amethi to Smriti Irani from the Bharatiya Janata Party.
The situation intensified as Rahul Gandhi resigned from the position of leading the party. Sonia Gandhi joined as the interim head.
Kapil Sibal addressed an event in Jammu on February 28 and provided a hint at the G-23 group stating that he had noticed Congress has been falling short.
Hence, the members are taking active approaches to strengthen the party’s unity and help establish Congress rule in every district of the country.
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