Prime News, National, Politics, New Delhi, June 11:- A day after Jitin Prasada switched to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), senior Congress leader M Veerappa Moily on Thursday (June 10) said the Congress needs to undergo a “major surgery” and not depend just on legacy, asserting that the top leadership must give primacy to ideological commitment while assigning responsibility to leaders.
Alleging that Prasada had placed “personal ambition” over everything else, Moily said the Uttar Pradesh leader’s ideological commitment was suspect from the beginning and the party winning zero seats in West Bengal under his charge showed that he was incompetent.
In an interview with PTI, Moily also said the top leadership should make a proper assessment of leaders in the party, asserting that “one cannot make people leaders when they do not deserve it.”
The Congress has to rethink and re-strategise some of these things and then only the party can move up, the former Union minister said.
“Properly reorganise the party with proper people in positions and not put incompetent people (in positions of responsibility) who cannot deliver. This is a lesson, the Congress needs to make an introspection in the face of the developments,” Moily said, making suggestions for the party’s high command.
Asked if Prasada’s exit from the Congress has a message for the party top brass, he said they must give importance to leaders’ antecedents, ideology and their approach to the common people while appointing them to positions of importance.
Moily, who had suggested after the 2019 polls debacle that the Congress has to undergo major surgery to be competitive, said the party had long delayed that “major surgery” and it was “needed right now, there is no tomorrow.”
“Next year we are facing Assembly elections in seven States and then immediately parliamentary polls will be there after that (in 2024). If we don’t perform well in the seven elections we will have more difficulty in the general elections,” Moily said. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)