Sonia stays Congress President until AICC meet; Azad & co ‘happy’

Aditi Tandon

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 24

Sonia Gandhi on Monday survived a second problem to her management in 21 years with the Congress Working Committee (CWC) rejecting calls for for a “full-time, active president” by some leaders, resolving unanimously for her to proceed as occasion chief till the subsequent AICC session and authorising her to impact essential organisational modifications to take care of the challenges going through the occasion.

Edit: Congress mess


  • Unanimously requested Sonia to proceed to ‘lead the party until such time as circumstances will permit AICC session to be held.’
  • It mentioned inner-party points have to be raised throughout the occasion within the ‘interest of propriety and discipline’.
  • It made it clear none shall be allowed to undermine/weaken occasion and its management.

Rahul Gandhi targets letter signatories

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, it’s learnt, launched a pointy assault in opposition to the signatories, questioning their timing (when Sonia was in hospital) in addition to the very fact they went public with their grievances.

Sibal hits out, later withdraws comment

Kapil Sibal, one of many signatories, created a flutter when he hit out at Rahul Gandhi on Twitter for a purported comment on the BJP. Sibal, who is just not part of the CWC, withdrew his tweet later.

Led by former PM Manmohan Singh, who moved the decision, the CWC warned leaders in opposition to voicing dissent in public and pledged to “strengthen the hands of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi”. Signalling Gandhi supremacy within the Congress, the committee went on to notice, “No one can be, nor will be, permitted to undermine the Congress at this critical juncture and Sonia and Rahul Gandhi’s voices are the strongest voices fighting the BJP government and the assault on democracy.”

Cong dissenters collect at Azad’s residence after the CWC assembly, signalling they’re prepared for an extended haul to make sure occasion reforms

 Rahul Gandhi

Issues should not mentioned in media. Soniaji should keep however it might’t be open-ended.

The decision adopted a fiery seven-hour CWC assembly that commenced with Sonia asking to be relieved of the submit following calls for for an organisational overhaul by some leaders. “The Congress is a large family,” she mentioned in her closing remarks, including that she didn’t bear ill-will in opposition to anybody and had up to now too risen above hurtful remarks to make sure Congress unity. She was alluding to 1999 when Sharad Pawar, then Leader of the Opposition within the Lok Sabha, had questioned her overseas origins.

Ambika Soni

People who signed the letter and went public have to be held accountable. 

The transfer at the moment was geared toward guaranteeing the dissenters, together with CWC members Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Mukul Wasnik and Jitin Prasada, endorsed the CWC decision.

“We are happy at Sonia Gandhi’s continuation. We are part and parcel of the CWC resolution,” Azad mentioned after the assembly the place he was on the receiving finish of an unprecedented assault.

Ghulam Nabi Azad

We wrote to strengthen occasion…. We had no drawback with Sonia-ji’s continuation.

Manmohan referred to as the letter “unfortunate”, AK Antony termed it merciless whereas Ahmed Patel questioned its leak to the media. Ambika Soni sought disciplinary motion in opposition to the signatories. Rahul questioned the timing of the letter when Sonia was hospitalised and the Congress was trouble-shooting in Rajasthan. “We discuss issues in the CWC, not media,” he mentioned with sources claiming he talked about how the letter would assist the BJP. Priyanka selected to not communicate. Amid raging tempers, Azad supplied to resign solely to retract his assertion later, saying, “Rahul did not mention that the letter was written at BJP’s behest.”

Ex-minister Kapil Sibal, one other signatory to the letter, deleted a associated tweet, saying Rahul had personally knowledgeable him of not having alluded to the BJP hyperlink. The CWC decision hailed the Gandhis for his or her management via Covid, financial downturn and Chinese aggression. On the way in which ahead, sources mentioned Sonia mentioned that her alternative couldn’t be “open-ended”. AICC basic secretary (Organisation) KC Venugopal mentioned AICC session can be held “as early as possible”. The occasion additionally mentioned the CWC favoured Rahul as Sonia’s successor. Rahul proposed a committee to help Sonia – an train she would maybe undertake to handle some considerations raised by the dissenters of their August 7 letter.

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