One yr on as interim, Sonia to stay Congress chief

Aditi Tandon

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 9

Ahead of the completion of 1 yr of Sonia Gandhi as interim Congress president, occasion chief Abhishek Singhvi on Sunday mentioned she would proceed within the put up until a correct process was adopted, which might be within the close to future.

Singhvi mentioned the truth that Sonia Gandhi’s one-year tenure as interim occasion president ends on Monday didn’t imply that the place would fall vacant.

Sonia Gandhi had been nominated as interim occasion chief by the Congress Working Committee (CWC) final yr after her son, Rahul Gandhi, vacated the put up taking ethical accountability for the Congress rout within the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Even after a CWC session wished him to return, Rahul Gandhi declined, saying on the time {that a} non-Gandhi ought to are available because the occasion president.

Since no consensus emerged on a non-Gandhi and the train to search out one remained a non-starter, the CWC fell again on Sonia Gandhi to steer the Congress as soon as once more.

Sonia completes one yr as interim chief tomorrow.

“Sonia Gandhi is the president. She will continue till the time a proper procedure is implemented and it will be implemented in the not too distant future,” Singhvi mentioned at the moment.

Rahul Gandhi is alleged to be unwilling to steer the occasion regardless that he stays its de facto chief, with occasion insiders saying he’s the one nonetheless calling the pictures.

“She has hardly been active all this while. It is Rahul Gandhi who is taking the decisions and calling the shots,” mentioned a senior Congress functionary ruing the uncertainty on the high place.

Meanwhile, there may be close to unanimity within the Congress {that a} non-Gandhi chief was immaterial as long as the Gandhis stay energetic within the occasion.

“A non-Gandhi president would work if and only if the Gandhis step aside and say it is now for others to manage the Congress. That won’t happen. So, the Gandhis are the best bet,” an ex-minister mentioned.

With Rahul’s stamp seen in main choice making and his reluctance to just accept occasion chief’s put up seen too, Congress insiders say the flux is costing the Congress.

“Clarity of leadership is needed,” mentioned a pacesetter including that Rahul Gandhi’s de facto administration of occasion affairs was clear from a number of current sequences of occasions — the appointment of Ajay Makan and Randeep Surjewala as observers for the crisis-hit Rajasthan; the launch of an open offensive towards ex-UPA ministers lately by Rahul aide Rajeev Satav and the important thing current appointments together with that of Shakti Singh Gohil as Bihar in-charge.

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