Congressional presidential candidate Mallikarjun Kharge on Wednesday named fighting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as the top challenge facing his party, accusing the saffron-colored force at the head of the center government of “destroying” the constitution and autonomous bodies to “weaken”. Speaking to reporters here, Kharge said he believes in collective leadership and if elected president he will consult party leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi on organizational matters.
When asked who the congressional prime ministerial nominee will be if he is elected party leader, he avoided a direct answer, citing a proverb popular in his home state of Karnataka, saying: “If you survive at one festival, you will survive at another.” event dancing.”
“I am here for the organizational elections. We will see all these things later,” the Rajya Sabha MP said.
The senior congressman claimed he was contesting election to the party’s top post to save the country’s constitution and democracy.
The veteran politician said he was “forced” by congressional staff to get involved in the fight as no one from the Gandhi family came forward to contest the election as they wanted to stay away from the process to ensure an impartial election .
The former Union minister accused the BJP of “stealing” congressional MLAs and toppling party-led governments in nearly half a dozen states.
The biggest challenge for the party is the current BJP government, which is destroying the constitution, weakening autonomous institutions and abusing them,” he said. Kharge arrived in Bhopal to address congress delegates ahead of the October 17 presidential election in which he will face Kerala MP Lok Sabha Shashi Tharoor.
Our party came to power in almost six states under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi, but the BJP government under Modiji (Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shah (Home Secretary Amit Shah) stole our MLAs, causing us to lose governments in Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Goa and Maharashtra.
On the one hand, they say that Congress has no base and people do not support it, but on the other hand, they overthrew the party’s governments, which were voter-supported and elected under the Constitution. I don’t know which dacoit stole them, said Kharge.
The 80-year-old politician from Karnataka said he was contesting the election to save the country’s constitution and democracy. Kharge said he decided to throw his hat in the ring after congressional workers and leaders proposed his candidacy.
We will fight from the streets to Parliament for the issues I have raised. There are many things we must fight together including inflation, unemployment, declining value of the rupee…we do not have to fight each other, he said, apparently referring to his opponent Tharoor. The Congress leader said he believes in collective leadership and will implement the declaration of Udaipur Chintan Shivir (brainstorming session) by polling everyone if elected.
“I believe in collective leadership, I will take everyone’s confidence and consult everyone before making a majority decision like implementing the Udaipur Declaration,” Kharge said. I will consult Sonia Gandhi as well as Rahul Gandhi because they (together) have been party leaders for more than 20 years and under their leadership our party has twice formed a government (in the centre) and designed a number of welfare programs for the poor, the MP added added by Rajya Sabha.
The Udaipur Declaration, adopted at a congressional conclave in Rajasthan in May, refers to a series of proposals including one person, one post and offering 50 percent of party posts to those under the age of 50.
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