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Don’t Discredit Your Own Legacy: Congressional Veterans To Young Leaders | India News


NEW DELHI: In the midst of a continuing fight between the young and old guard in Congress, party veterans urged their colleagues on Saturday not to discredit their own legacy and said that in doing so they would only help the BJP designs for undermine the game in the public eye.
Several former Union ministers, noting restraint by airing complaints in public, warned party colleagues and said such trends divide Congress at a time when unity is needed. They also said that one must learn from past defeats and revive the party rather than play in the hands of its “ideological enemies.”
Rising in defense of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA), whose performance was questioned by young leader Rajiv Satav at a recent meeting of the party’s Rajya Sabha MPs, former Union Minister Anand Sharma said that no one discredits their own legacy.
“Congressmen should be proud of the legacy of the UPA. No party rejects or discredits its legacy. No one expects the BJP to be charitable and give us credit, but ours must respect and not forget,” said the vice president of Congress in Rajya Sabha. . said.
Another leader said it is sad to see certain elements in Congress that, knowingly or unknowingly, help the BJP design to keep the party at odds with public perception, when everyone should be united against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government .
“BJP was out of power for 10 years 2004-14. Not once did they blame Vajpayee or his government for their difficulties at the time.
“Unfortunately, in Congress, some misinformed would rather take action against the UPA government-led Dr. Manmohan Singh than fight the NDA / BJP. When unity is required, they split,” wrote the former minister of the Union Manish Tewari on Twitter.
The debate grew stronger when, responding to Tewari, former MP Milind Deora said: “Well said, Manish. Upon resigning in 2014, Dr. Manmohan Singh said, ‘The story will be kinder to me.'”
“Could you ever have imagined that some of your own party would dismiss your years of service to the nation and try to destroy your legacy, that also in your presence?” Deora asked in a tweet.

Another former Union Minister, Shashi Tharoor, agreed with Tewari and Deora and said: “The transformative ten years of UPA were distorted and translated by a motivated and malicious narrative. There is much to learn from our defeats and much to do to revive Congress. But not by playing in the hands of our ideological enemies. ”

The debate was triggered by Satav, who asked former ministers Kapil Sibal and P. Chidambaram for insights on the decline of the big party.
Sharma noted that history will honestly record the commendable contributions of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA President Sonia Gandhi.
“The two led India to a decade of compassionate and inclusive growth that we are all proud of,” he said, adding that personally, he is proud to have been part of the UPA-1 and UPA-2 governments even when he recalled some of the achievements of the time in the social and economic spheres.
“The UPA government was the victim of a major campaign of political conspiracy and malicious disinformation by the BJP, political opponents, and powerful vested interests. Six years later, what was alleged in 2014 proved false in 2020.
“Where are the leaders of the Campaign Against Corruption today? The conspiracy authors generously rewarded cheerleaders without asking questions,” Sharma said in a series of tweets.
Sources close to the leadership of Congress said that the pioneering reforms of UPA-1 and UPA-2 were conceived, designed and formulated by the party, the National Advisory Council, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, and were successfully implemented and executed by Singh and Team Congress.
Noting that some people within the party were helping to design the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a source said: “Many of them are uprooted homeless people seeking positions of power and place in the Rajya Sabha. They all need to introspect that the entire The world needs to support Rahul Gandhi in fighting Narendra Modi instead of yearning for cakes or positions of power. ”

“This is the greatest harm they are doing to the Manmohan Singh government and also to the Congress party. If they have an iota of faith or commitment to the cause of Congress, they must be united behind Rahul Gandhi in the fight to confront Modi government, “said the leader.
The divide between the young and the old guard has routinely emerged in Congress, peaking recently with the departure of former MP Jyotiraditya Scindia in Madhya Pradesh and the ongoing Sachin Pilot rebellion in Rajasthan.

Times of India