Criticising Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for his remarks on the Congress party’s dismal performance in the recent assembly polls, Youth Congress chief Amrinder Raja Brar on Saturday said the grand old party should be repentant and allow the next generation of leaders to bring about the needed change.
Brar said Jaitley had no business commenting on the Congress poll debacle as he had himself lost the election.
“Neither surgery is needed nor a post-mortem? There is a need to repent and work hard. Jaitley ji has himself lost elections, how can he say anything to us? For the first time, a person who has lost elections is the Finance Minister. Let them leave Congress on its own,” he told ANI.
“We were in Assam for 15 years, we have emerged as a second party in West Bengal. What about Tamil Nadu. The 2019 elections and polls in Uttar Pradesh will tell you where you are standing?,” he added.
Jaitley earlier took a swipe at the statement made by senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh for insisting that the party needed ‘political surgery’ post the loss. Jaitley had asked if the Congress would evolve into a structured party with a galaxy of leaders or would it remain a ‘dynastic party’.
Brar called for a change and suggested that youth be given more responsibility in the party by citing an example of a youngsters being given responsibility in a family setup.
“There are lot of new people in the party who are capable. They should be given responsibility. Responsibility and accountability should be fixed and those not performing should be sent home,” he added.
When asked about the extent to which Rahul Gandhi was responsible for the debacle, he said the Congress vice-president never interferes in regional matters, adding that all decisions regarding candidates is taken at PCC level and local leadership.
The Congress lost power in Assam and Kerala and its alliance with DMK in Tamil Nadu didn’t work in its favour.