A Congress Member of Parliament (MP) has sparked a fresh controversy as he criticised party leaders and said they do not step out of their air-conditioned chambers.
Congress MP from Dewas in Madhya Pradesh Sajjan Singh Verma praised Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) workers and said they work for their party with dedication.
"RSS workers work for their party with dedication, surviving on gram. But our leaders do not step out of AC chambers," Verma said while addressing party workers at Neemuch town of Madhya Pradesh.
He said, "The leaders in Delhi are not bothered. They are happy with their own work. But as far as touring the jungles of MP, our leaders are unwilling to come out of their AC comforts."
"Without the RSS, BJP leaders are doing the same. The RSS functionary known what mission 2013 (Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls) is. He knows how to win," he said.
However, Verma later denied the statement and said: "I did not say that RSS is more disciplined than Congress. I said that Sangh´s functionaries lack facilities but still they work. Our workers have the spirit but not the backing of top leaders. That is why in some respect they become weak."
Reacting on the matter, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told media: "This shows how bad the situation is in Congress party. Their MPs and lower functionaries are not satisfied with their work."
Verma made the comments at a time when top Congress leaders on Friday met at Surajkund in Haryana for the party´s brainstorming session.
In the meeting, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh threw their weight behind the Centre's controversial reforms drive and called for stronger coordination between the government and the party.
"There is need for stronger coordination between party and government," Gandhi said.
"Discussions take place between the two. But it is only when really big decisions need to be taken....sometimes party is unhappy with decisions taken by the government. Both views have to be balanced," she said.