Senior Congress leader and advocate Kapil Sibal is a heartbroken man these days, courtesy the selfish Gandhi family which has still not come to terms with the fact that their leadership is no longer needed in the Congress, or rather, has come to be despised within the party. To add to Sibal’s misery, internal polls within the Congress are nowhere along the horizon, effectively meaning that the man stares at the possibility of being kicked out of the party by the Gandhis before he can put forth his candidature for the top post within the party.
To the same effect in an interview with the Indian Express, Sibal lamented the inner-workings of the Congress, currently headed by the Gandhi family. Also, while talking to the newspaper, Sibal was not particularly enthusiastic about Rahul Gandhi making an inevitable comeback. Asked whether Gandhi’s return will change anything, Sibal, in a vague reply said, “I don’t know. I think it all depends on processes being taken forward in accordance with the Constitution and in consultation with all key elements and key personalities within the Congress party.”
This has further stamped authority over our assertion that Sibal is eyeing the top Congress post for himself. Meanwhile, on the lackadaisical approach of the current leadership in the party to effectuate reforms and constructive changes within the Congress, Sibal said, “For example, the election of the President will be conducted along with the election of the Working Committee, and the election of the Central Election Committee. That’s part of the Constitution. We have no clarity on that. Thereafter, we also want the institutions of the Parliamentary Board to revive. And since the meeting on December 19, we’re almost one month down the road…we’ve had no response on how and when this will happen. We hope that that response comes in the next few days because it’s very important for Congress to revive itself as a political force in our country.”
Sibal also remarked that the lethargy of the Congress leadership was furthering inner-party disenchantment within the Congress’ state units. “There is a level of disenchantment. I can talk about Delhi… several leaders have come to me and expressed grave concern about processes in Delhi and want the party to act swiftly…But we haven’t yet got the kind of response that we were hoping,” he said.
Earlier, TFI had reported how the Congress was indicating in no uncertain terms that Sibal’s time in the party was coming to an end. The Gandhi family’s minions came down heavily on Sibal, and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury even suggested that Sibal should look to continue his political career in some other party, or float one of his own. This was in response to the very valid criticism of Congress’ leadership by Kapil Sibal after the party’s Bihar poll rout.