‘Personal views’: Congress dismisses dissent over support to Kejriwal

Kharge had dialed Kejriwal to express solidarity with him in face of CBI summons. Maken and Bajwa had criticized Kharge’s move, arguing that it sends the wrong message to party workers and supporters.

| Updated: 19 April, 2023 11:06 am IST
Mallikarjun Kharge
Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge had dialed Kejriwal to express solidarity in face of CBI summons.

New Delhi: The Congress party has dismissed as “person views” the recent remarks made by senior leaders Ajay Maken and Partap Singh Bajwa, who criticized party president Mallikarjun Kharge for expressing solidarity with Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal after the CBI summoned him in the Delhi excise policy case.

Congress Rajya Sabha MP and Delhi in-charge Shaktisinh Gohil stated that such views are personal and do not reflect the party’s national stand. He emphasized that the Congress will always oppose the misuse of central agencies to target opposition leaders.

Gohil further said that the Congress-led UPA government never misused central agencies such as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and always cooperated with investigations whenever corruption allegations were raised.

He pointed out that the UPA government had established a Joint Parliamentary Committee to probe the 2G scam despite the Supreme Court already ordering a probe. Gohil also vowed to fight against any misuse of central agencies against opposition party leaders.

Responding to allegations that the Congress had misused central agencies to summon then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi and then Gujarat home minister Amit Shah, Gohil clarified that they were summoned due to orders from the Supreme Court and high court. He stated that if the Congress had indeed misused agencies, then Modi would not have become Prime Minister and Amit Shah the home minister.

Gohil acknowledged that there is internal democracy within the Congress party and attributed the recent contrarian views to local political situations at the state level. However, he asserted that the party’s national line remains consistent in its opposition to the misuse of central agencies against opposition leaders. He also stated that he has explained the party’s position to Delhi leaders.

The controversy arose after Kharge dialed Kejriwal to express solidarity and discuss opposition unity ahead of the crucial Lok Sabha elections next year. Maken and Bajwa had criticized Kharge’s move, arguing that it sends the wrong message to party workers and supporters.

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