While speaking to India Today TV Consulting Editor Rajdeep Sardesai, Congress leader Manish Tewari said that he was “extremely worried” about the Punjab situation.
“The priority should be political stability in Punjab. There’s a need for all hands on deck,” Congress leader Manish Tewari said.
India Today TV Consulting Editor Rajdeep Sardesai spoke to senior Congress leader Manish Tewari over the Punjab crisis. Excerpts:
Q: Will the Congress implode?
In 2017, when the people of Punjab voted for the Congress, they essentially voted for three things: security of the state, safety of citizens and political stability. In the last 4.5 years, people were satisfied. Unfortunately, political instability started manifesting itself in May, and political instability in Punjab always comes with a huge cost that is paid by the people of Punjab in blood. This gives Pakistan’s ISI an opportunity to fish in troubled waters, especially given the Afghanistan situation.
Q: Do you think the Congress leadership has let down Amarinder Singh, Punjab and the party? Are you worried about the party?
I’m extremely worried about the Punjab situation.
Q: Who is responsible for the Punjab mess?
People in the AICC need to introspect.
Q: Will there be a political realignment in Punjab?
Captain Amarinder Singh is in the best position to speak for himself. The priority should be political stability in Punjab. There’s a need for all hands on deck.
Q: Have you and some others lost faith in the party leadership?
The survival of the Congress is integral to the survival of the idea of India. There’s a wealth of experience, talent and loyalty in the Congress. If we didn’t have faith in the Congress, why do you think we’re still here?
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