Sonia promise of AICC is positive step, party needs to connected to ground realities: Arvinder Singh Lovely | India News

Former minister in the Sheila Dikshit government and former Delhi state chief Arvinder Singh Lovely, one of the signatories to the G 23 letter to Sonia Gandhi seeking changes in Congress told TOI said the Congress president’s assurance is a “positive step” and that the missive was an expression of concern over the state of affairs in the party.
Q: You are one of signatories to the letter to the Congress president asking for sweeping changes in the party? Do you think the CWC has been able to address the issue?
A: Congress president has taken cognizance of our concerns. This is a positive step. She has also said that a AICC session will be called in the next six months and a committee will be constituted. This is definitely a step to pave the way forward. As far as being satisfied with the CWC response I would like to say it is not about our satisfaction. Some may agree with our suggestions, some may not, but at the end of the day it is the Congress party that needs to be strengthened and that is all that matters. You need a strong army for a commander to lead. A commander alone cannot do anything.
Q: What was the idea behind the letter? Do the letter writers have doubts over Rahul Gandhi’s leadership?
A: The letter was not against the leadership or to challenge the leaders at the helm of affairs. We owe our allegiance to the Gandhis. I left the party to join the BJP (2017) and then returned to the Congress (2018) only because of Rahul Gandhi. In this backdrop, if I signed the letter, it was not to take on the leadership, but to point out the state of the organisation which needs urgent attention. The letter was about suggesting how the party organisation needs to be the key focus area and how it can be done. It is not about one leader or one person. It is about an institution. Only if there is a strong organisation can a leader steer it towards success and victory.
Q: You have been a minister in the Congress government in Delhi and then also the party state president between 2013-15. Congress has failed to recover since it lost the elections in 2013 what is the way forward according to you?
A: The poll outcomes in Delhi should be a lesson for the party and a cause of concern. As it is we are facing tough times and to fight communal forces we need a strong Congress organisation across the nation…Only a party connected to ground realities and led by state presidents, who are appointed democratically through a widespread consultative process, can help resurrect the Congress.

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