Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sachin Pilot were the “princelings” of Congress, says Manish Tewari

Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sachin Pilot were the “princelings” of Congress, says Manish Tewari

At a time when Congress seems to be going through a churn, Lok Sabha member and former Union Minister Manish Tewari, in an exclusive interview with The Hindu, talks about internal rift in the Congress, the need to have ideological clarity to take on the BJP and hold elections to appoint a full-time party president if the Gandhis are not inclined. Edited excerpts: The Congress is in turmoil. Jyotiraditya Scindia's departure and Sachin Pilot's rebellion gives a sense that people close to Rahul Gandhi are being marginalised in the party after he stepped down as party president. Mr. Scindia and Mr. Pilot were “princelings” of the party. They inherited their fathers’ respective Lok Sabha seats after their tragic demise. They never went through the grind of the NSUI or IYC. Theirs was not to spread mats at public meetings, paint slogans on the walls, get knifed in student politics, or lathi charged by the cops. Be it Priyanka Chaturvedi, Ajoy Kumar, Pradyot Manikya and many others like them, they never had any ideological convictions or emotions attached to the party. For them, it was but a vehicle to catapult them into organisational or governmental positions. When they thought that this lorry had outlived its utility, they ditched it for the next bus available. I have always believed that “imports from outside” can be made MPs, MLAs, even Ministers, but should not be given organisational positions. It almost looks like an all-out war with so many of you — from Anand Sharma, Mukul Wasnik, Shashi ...
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