Tribune News Service
New Delhi, August 27
The turmoil brought on by a letter bomb within the Congress appears removed from over, with former Union minister Kapil Sibal on Thursday taking to Twitter to allege official victimisation of youthful colleague Jitin Prasada, one of many 20 signatories to a current missive that sought sweeping modifications to the occasion constructions, together with its presidency.
The letter was shot down on Monday at a gathering of the Congress Working Committee, which unanimously requested interim Congress chief Sonia Gandhi to proceed until the brand new president is elected on the subsequent AICC session and warned leaders towards going public with grievances.
Though the letter writers, which embrace Sibal and Jitin, hailed Sonia’s “graciousness in letting bygones be bygones”, it seems the Congress rank and file shouldn’t be ready to overlook that dissenters sought full-time chief nearly questioning Sonia.
“Unfortunate that Jitin Prasada is being officially targeted in UP. The Congress needs to target the BJP with surgical strikes instead of wasting its energy on targeting its own,” Sibal stated as we speak after the Lakhimpur Kheri district unit of the Uttar Pradesh Congress handed a decision in search of motion towards the leaders who dissented.
The letter talked about Jitin’s historical past of “betrayal of Gandhis” and the way his father Jitendra Prasada contested the Congress president’s election towards Sonia in 1999 and misplaced.
Jitin, the Brahmin face of the Congress in UP, can be a particular CWC invitee and was on the receiving finish on the committee assembly on Monday, which noticed leaders assault letter writers who’re additionally CWC members (Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mukul Wasnik and Anand Sharma).
Former minister and Anandpur Sahib MP Manish Tewari cryptically tagged Sibal’s submit to say “prescient” as if foretelling the way forward for the ginger group that spoke publicly for internal occasion reform.
UP Congress chief Ajay Lallu, in the meantime, stated the decision by a district unit was not official however was actually an expression of “sentiments of the people”.