NEW DELHI : Former Congress Working Committee member Jagmeet Brar, who has been incharge of the Goa affairs in the AICC headquarters, has denied asking Sonia Gandhi and Rahul to take a 2-year break from politics, but wanted nobody to remain the Congress president for more than 10 years, i.e. two terms of five years each.
”I have no right whatsoever to tell the leadership to go on a holiday/break as reported by a section of the Press,” he said in reply to a show-cause notice served on him by Punjab PCC chief Partap Singh Bajwa, threatening disciplinary action if his response is not satisfactory.
In his response to AICC general secretary Dr Shakeel Ahmed, incharge of Punjab, Brar pleaded “not to shut the free spirit and mind” and make the Congress a graveyard.
He also annexed a copy of his August 1 statement that created controversy, saying he stands by whatever he said therein and asserted that his intention was “only to start a reform movement in the Congress to strengthen its base and future.”
He had distributed the statement at the press briefing of party spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhavi in the Parliament House.
“I retreat with full force at my command to the party for a serious introspection within and call a ‘’Gambhir Chintan Shivir’’ (serious introspection camp) to go into the worst drubbing ever in the Lok Sabha elections,” he said while demanding consolidation of the party’s regional base in various states as there are no ‘’B’’ teams today and the potential leaders in the states have been marginalised.
“2014 onwards will be ideological years of fight with parties having solid base at the grassroot level.
How to prepare ourself? because sycophancy which is our patent for years will not be able to compete with commitments to inspire a larger section of our society,” Brar said, seeking “answers to my serious drizzle of thoughts.”