Why P Chidambaram Feels "Helpless" After Attack On Kapil Sibal's House

The former Union Minister was joined by other veterans of the group of 23 informally known as G-23 in condemning the attack.

Why P Chidambaram Feels 'Helpless' After Attack On Kapil Sibal's House

P Chidambaram said he felt "hurt and helpless" by the attack on Kapil Sibal's home (File)

New Delhi:

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Thursday said he felt "hurt and helpless" by the attack on his colleague Kapil Sibal's home by some supporters of the party for questioning its leadership.

The former Union Minister was joined by other veterans of the group of 23 informally known as G-23 in condemning the attack.

Other members of the group which had last year written to party chief Sonia Gandhi demanding an organisational overhaul termed the attack "orchestrated hooliganism".

Congress workers protested outside Mr Sibal's house and damaged a car after he raised questions over the party's functioning and attacked its leadership amid the latest crisis in Punjab.

Senior leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Vivek Tankha and Raj Babbar were among those who rallied behind Mr Sibal, with Mr Sharma asking Ms Gandhi to take strong action against those involved.

Former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh also criticised what he said was an "attack" at the house of Mr Sibal by Congress workers only because he "chose to express views that were not palatable to the party leadership".

This does not augur well for the party, Mr Singh said, adding that it was unfortunate that the seniors are being "completely sidelined", which is not good for the party.

Terming the senior Congressmen as "thinkers", who were important to the future of the party, the former Chief Minister in a statement said the younger leadership should be promoted to implement the plans, which the senior leaders are best equipped to formulate.

Mr Azad, former leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, also strongly condemned the "orchestrated hooliganism" at Mr Sibal's residence.

Former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said, "Orchestrated hooliganism outside Kapil Sibal's residence last night is not the culture of the Congress."

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