'Shocked and disgusted': Anand Sharma demands action on party cadre who attacked Kapil Sibal's house

The internal differences within the Congress party once again came to the fore on Thursday with senior leader Anand Sharma lashing out at those who targeted Kapil Sibal's residence shortly after he questioned the party high command.

Some party workers protested outside Sibal's residence with placards, threw tomatoes and damaged his car after he questioning the high command in light of the crisis within the Punjab unit.

Taking to Twitter to condemn the turn of events, Sharma said, "Shocked and disgusted to hear the news of attack and hooliganism at Kapil Sibal's house. This deplorable action brings disrepute to the party and needs to be strongly condemned."

Stating that Congress has a history of upholding freedom of expression, Sharma said, "Differences of opinion and perception are integral to democracy. Intolerance and violence is alien to Congress values and culture."

Sharma called for action against those who were part of the "hooliganism". 

Those responsible must be identified and disciplined, he said, adding that Congress president Sonia Gandhi should take cognisance and strong action.

Sibal, who was among the 23 senior leaders who last year called for sweeping changes within the party, expressed concern over the situation in Punjab and the manner in which leaders were deserting the Grand Old Party.

Sibal also said that the Congress party, at the moment, has no president and went on to remind the top leadership of the assurances given to the 'Group of 23' with regard to holding of elections for the Congress president's post and to the Congress Working Committee.

He had also said that despite their concerns, the 'Group of 23' had remained within the party while it was those who were closer to the top leadership who had deserted the party. He also reiterated that the 'Group of 23' were party loyalists but not 'Ji Huzoors' (yes-men).

from asianetnews

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