December 8, 2022

‘Space for dissent in Congress shrinking due to Gandhis’ hold’: Ex-minister quits party | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former law minister Ashwani Kumar resigned from Congress on Tuesday, bringing an end to his 46-year-long association with the party, reports Swati Mathur.
Kumar said the move came after his “agonizing reflections” over the party’s decline, absence of inner-party democracy and scope for conscientious dissent because of the hold of the Gandhis and the “Punjab spectacle” leading to the ouster of Captain Amarinder Singh as chief minister.
Kumar sent his resignation to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, in which he said, “Having given my thoughtful consideration to the matter, I have concluded that in the present circumstances and consistent with my dignity, I can best subserve larger national causes outside the party fold.”
Kumar later told TOI that his decision to quit Congress followed “agonising reflections” on the fact that the party he was accustomed to “is no longer there”. Kumar said Congress no longer has a “transformative and inspiring leadership to lead the party, nor ideological battles”. “Leaders dwarfed by their own timidity and diminished on the road for power can never account for a grand party,” he told TOI.The former Punjab MP also lamented the shrinking space for dissent in the party. However, he sought to delink his departure from the string of recent exits and the demands for organisational rehaul by the G-23 group of leaders. “I had told them (G-23 members) that where is the question of anyone contesting and winning internal elections when the Gandhi family remains in control,” he said.
Kumar also predicted an Aam Aadmi Party sweep of Punjab, a state he said, “is ready for a sensational political change”. He remained non-committal about what he would do after quitting Congress.

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