Amid growing criticism of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s core team of advisers, former Union minister Shashi Tharoor on Friday said Rahul has to “more communicative” to the masses and “responsive” to complaints of “accessibility” from party leaders if there are any. He also said that Sonia Gandhi should be take up the post of Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha putting an end to the system of dual leadership.
The Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) will on Saturday and Sonia is expected to be elected as the chairperson. She will then take a call on the Leaders of the Opposition in both the Houses. Sources said no final decision has been taken on the leaders of the opposition.
Tharoor, who won from Thiruvananthapuram seat, said he was against the blame game on in the Congress. “We should stop recriminations from the past. Learning lessons from the set back is one thing but a blame game is an unproductive way of going about it,” he said.
With the CPP meeting for the first time after the crushing electoral defeat, Tharoor said he was clear in his mind that Sonia Gandhi should take up the post of the Leader of the Opposition.
“I think it will be a disgrace if we go back to the same pattern and have one person leading the Congress party and a total different person leading the party in the Parliament. That to my mind would not make sense and it is not necessary,” he told The Indian Express.
“I think the Leader of the Opposition should ideally be the president of the party. If she has very serious reasons for not taking on that role, the next in line is the vice president,” he added.
Asked if he was going soft on the BJP given the fact that he had tweeted that he was “impressed” by Modi’s conciliatory and inclusive statements, he said, “My credentials as a voice of pluralism, secularism, inclusion etc are longer than my political career. Having said that my message as a politician is that when Modi is saying something which is overtly accomodative, conciliatory and inclusive it will be churlish on our part to spurn that,” he said.