After the victory of Ahmed Patel in Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections, Congress MP Kamal Nath today said the party was not experiencing any existential crisis.
After the victory of Ahmed Patel in Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections, Congress MP Kamal Nath today said the party was not experiencing any existential crisis. Nath told CNN News18, “Ahmed Patel’s victory is a defeat of money power, of the abuse and misuse of government. It is a black spot when India’s democracy stoops to this level. What happened in Gujarat – we had BJP using complete money and muscle power.” When asked about the 44 MLAs, who were taken to Bengaluru, Nath said, “Obviously we did. They were being threatened and allured.” He gave examples of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, and Uttarakhand where similar incidents happened.
He denied charges of Congress facing any existential crisis, saying, “The Congress has always fought its way back. People are believing the party.” He added, “All Congressmen have to fight back and yesterday was a demonstration of that. It was also the demonstration of the independence of Election Commission.” He also said that party vice president Rahul Gandhi was down with fever for the past two days and that’s why he was not present at the election.
Kamal Nath had earlier told PTI, “The condition of farmers, youth and other sections of the society has become pitiable under BJP’s 13 and a half years’ rule. We accept the challenge of ousting the BJP government in the interest of the state.”