Sibal said the results of the recent parliamentary elections came as no surprise to him, as the party has been on a downward slope since 2014.

Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal has said that Rahul Gandhi is already making all major party decisions, whether he becomes de jure president as desired by a faction of the party leaders. Sibal also said he wants a ‘sab ki congress’ while some other leaders want a ‘ghar ki congress’.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Sibal said: “It is purely my personal opinion that I want at least a ‘sab ki congress’ today. Some others want a ‘Ghar ki congress’. I certainly don’t want a Ghar ki congress. And I will fight for a ‘sab ki Congress’ until my last breath. This ‘sab ki congress’ just doesn’t mean coming together, but bringing together all those people in India who don’t want the BJP. You take everyone’s views, you increase your footprint in such a way that all those forces for change, who are against this autocratic takeover of all the institutions in this country.”

Sibal said congressional leaders such as Mamata Banerjee and Sharad Pawar, who have drifted apart, need to get back together. He said there are millions of people in the country who do not belong to any political party, but their thought processes are aligned with Congress. “Some people have expressed their opinion that there can be no Congress without A, B or C. It is clear that they believe that ‘sab ki Congress’ cannot survive without ‘ghar ki Congress’. That’s the challenge. This is not against A, B or C,” said Sibal.

Speaking on the issue of a faction of congressional leaders demanding that Rahul Gandhi return to power, Sibal said: “We now assume that Rahul Gandhi is not the president of Congress and Mrs. Gandhi is. Rahul Gandhi went to Punjab and made the announcement that Charanjit Singh Channi will be the Chief Minister. In what capacity did he do that? He is not the chairman of the party, but he makes all the decisions. He is already the de facto president. So why are they asking him that he take back the reins of power.”

When asked who should be blamed for the ongoing Congressional shift, Sibal suggested that the merging of the new faces, of the young, of the experienced, is a must for any structure. He claimed that all powers are concentrated in the Congressional leadership and that even decisions about the appointment of PCCs and DCCs are made by the leadership who has no direct contact with them. “In this power structure, the organization is devoid of any vision. This is my personal belief. And that applies to all political parties. Morality has become irrelevant in politics,” he said.

Sibal said the results of the recent parliamentary elections came as no surprise to him, as the party has been on a downward slope since 2014. “We have lost state after state. Even where we managed, we couldn’t keep our flock together. In the meantime, there has been an exodus of some key figures… Also in the 2022 parliamentary elections, people close to the leadership left them. I looked at the numbers. It is really interesting to note that since 2014, approximately 177 MPs and MLAs and 222 candidates have left Congress. No other political party has seen this kind of exodus,” he said.

The congressional leader, who is part of the G23 group of dissident leaders seeking reforms within Congress, claimed that since 2014 there has been no accountability, acceptability has declined and few attempts have been made to increase the party’s accessibility .

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