“G23” leader Anand Sharma, who has openly questioned some of the Congress decisions, on Tuesday reacted strongly to remarks by Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary accusing him of “serving the BJP agenda”.
When asked about Adhir’s charge, Sharma said “I believe in civilised political dialogue”.
Anand Sharma is a part of the group of 23 “dissident leaders” who had sent a letter to party chief Sonia Gandhi demanding organisational overhaul.
Sharma had on Monday attacked Adhir Chowdhary for Bengal Congress’s association with Indian Secular Front (ISF) led by Muslim cleric Abbas Siddiqui ahead of the upcoming assembly elections.
Adhir reacted strongly to Sharma’s charges. In a series of tweets titled “Know your facts, Anand Sharmaji” Adhir accused the senior Congress leader of serving the polarising agenda of the BJP.
4/4Know ur facts @AnandSharmaINC -4. Would urge a select group of distinguished Congressmen to rise above always… https://t.co/mwOjdLZjOW
— Adhir Chowdhury (@adhirrcinc) 1614621997000
Reacting to Adhir’s tweets, Anand Sharma said: “That is unfortunate. I believe in a civilised political dialogue even if there are differences or ideological issues. I’ve noted what Adhir babu said but I can’t become personal.”
The senior Congress leader defended his attacks on the party and said: “What I’ve said is an expression of my concerns. Not only that I’m firmly committed to Congress ideology, which is inclusive, democratic and secular, but I’m also one of the historians and ideologue of the party and it has to be taken in that context.”
Sharma and other “dissident” leaders had recently shared stage at an event in Jammu, where they questioned Congress decision not to give another term in Rajya Sabha to senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad.
They also claimed that the Congress had become weak and they were speaking about these things for the welfare of the party.
Earlier, Anand Sharma and Kapil Sibal had objected to Rahul Gandhi’s remarks comparing people of Kerala with the voters of the north.
(With inputs from agencies)