Ambition for power in Baykal’s party blunted

February 06, 2009, Friday/ 16:28:00
The Republican People's Party's (CHP) candidate for mayor of İstanbul, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, paid a visit yesterday to our newspaper accompanied by the CHP İstanbul chief, Gürsel Tekin. Some of my colleagues have insisted that I criticized Kılıçdaroğlu a bit much on his visit. Yes, I criticized him, but why? I want the CHP to be a party of service. In other words, it should be a party which wants to come to power and actually do business. But under the direction of Deniz Baykal, these basic desires, which should be present in every politician, appear to have been damped down and blunted. Of course, there are some CHP mayors who still have those ambitions. But these are not ambitions present in the leader of the party. You can see a desire for power in the eyes of Tekin, but in the end, he is just one member in the party in general. Tekin is forced to divert his energies to the talk of "waste and corruption." Perhaps they will get an opportunity if this economic crisis hits the Justice and Development Party (AK Party). Other than that though, for as long as Baykal remains at the helm of the CHP, I doubt the CHP will ever come to head the administration of the nation.