Pawar says Congress needs strong, decisive leader like Indira Gandhi
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Hours before Congress President Sonia Gandhi presided over a meeting of top party leaders on Monday to discuss the party's drubbing at the hands of the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi, Agriculture Minister and Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar attacked the leadership of the ruling party saying people want a "strong and decisive" leader like Indira Gandhi and not "weak leaders".
In a direct attack on activists with links to governance, he said that weak leadership at various levels has given rise to "a bunch of pseudo activist who has no connect with ground reality (sic)".
"The outcome of recent polls in four states have raised questions that require serious thinking from not only the Congress, but the rest of us too. The youth played a big role in this polls that led to Congress's defeat. They used the ballot to vent out their anger. People need strong, decisive and result oriented leaders. They do not want weak rulers, but they want those who will formulate policies and programmes for poor and implement them with firmness," Pawar wrote on his blog.
NCP sources later said Pawar was not seeking to attack the Congress leadership but was only drawing attention to the need for "deep introspection" given that the middle-classes had abandoned the Congress in Delhi and such trends could affect its allies also.
Pawar blogged that young voters had their say in these elections and they have given a clear indication of their anger through the ballot. They want leaders who are decisive about their stands and do not hesitate to roll out policies that help people.
"When such confidence is lacking in the rulers, other power centers are likely to spring. This was the big lesson to be learnt from the Assembly election results. Of late, weak leadership at various levels has given rise to bunch of pseudo 'activist' who has no connect with ground reality," Pawar wrote.