New Delhi, August 25
A day after being dissed at a stormy Congress Working Committee assembly over their letter in search of pressing organisational reforms, a number of members of the ‘group of 23’ stated on Tuesday that they had been “not dissenters” however “proponents of revival”. Many of them additionally backed Sonia Gandhi remaining on the helm.
The letter was not a problem to the management however a parchment of motion to strengthen the celebration, Congress MP Vivek Tankha stated. Former Union minister Mukul Wasnik stated those that noticed the letter as an “offence” can even quickly realise that the problems raised are price consideration.
Senior Congress chief M Veerappa Moily stated it was an “admitted fact” that the organisation was not able to take ahead “the Congress philosophy and protect democracy”. He additionally asserted that Sonia Gandhi’s management was at all times required.
The former union minister additional stated the intention of the letter was to maintain the celebration prepared for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls as additionally for meeting and native our bodies elections within the nation.
Senior Congress chief Kapil Sibal, one other signatory to the letter, posted a cryptic tweet, saying: “It’s not about a post. It’s about my country which matters most.”
Tankha took to Twitter to deal with the controversy surrounding their letter which led to a excessive drama on the CWC meet the place many leaders, together with former celebration chief Rahul Gandhi, lashed out on the letter writers.
The CWC unanimously urged Sonia Gandhi to proceed as its interim chief until an AICC session may be convened to start out the method of electing a full-time president and authorised her to impact crucial organisational adjustments to take care of the challenges going through the celebration.
Sonia Gandhi was made interim chief a yr in the past after Rahul Gandhi resigned from the place taking ethical accountability for the celebration’s disastrous efficiency within the Lok Sabha elections.
“Friends, we are not dissenters but proponents of revival. The letter was not a challenge to leadership but a parchment of action to strengthen the party. Universally, truth is the best defence whether it be Court or Public Affairs. History acknowledges the brave & not the timid (sic),” Tankha stated in a tweet.
Replying to Tankha, Wasnik tweeted: “Well said. Sooner than later those who saw the letter as an offence will also realise that the issues raised are worth consideration.”
Senior celebration chief Anand Sharma additionally tagged Tankha’s tweet and stated: “The letter was written with the best interest of the party in our hearts and conveying shared concerns over the present environment in the country and sustained assault on the foundational values of the constitution.”
Another Congress chief, belonging to the group which wrote the letter, stated they had been happy with the end result of the CWC meet.
Some leaders who signed the letter had been current on the CWC assembly and agreed to the proposals, stated the chief, who wished to not be named.
“We have never expressed any doubts on the leadership of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi and whatever decisions Sonia ji will take, will be acceptable to us,” the chief stated.
“We are working to strengthen the party, not working against anyone,” the chief stated.
Stating that the Gandhi household is at all times identified for patriotism and sacrifice, Moily stated Sonia Gandhi’s management is at all times required and her consent to proceed as president is the “most welcome step”.
He stated Sonia Gandhi is a “motherly figure” for the Congress and at all times impressed the rank and file of the celebration.
“At any time of crisis, both at the national and state level, I always stood by the national leadership of the Congress party to preserve the unity and integrity of the party,” Moily stated, underlining that he has been within the Congress because the final 50 years having joined below the management of Indira Gandhi.
Many members from the ‘group of 23’ refused to touch upon the matter formally, whereas a few of them referred to the CWC decision for the inner-party points being raised solely inside the celebration and never in media or public fora “in the interest of propriety and discipline”.
After the seven-hour assembly of the celebration’s high decision-making physique, the CWC made it clear that nobody will likely be permitted to undermine or weaken the celebration and its management.
Some senior Congress leaders, together with Sibal, Wasnik, Shashi Tharoor and Manish Tewari, had met at their senior colleague Ghulam Nabi Azad’s home right here on Monday night quickly after the CWC debated their letter.
Having a “full time, active and visible” management, devolution of powers to state models and revamping the CWC consistent with the celebration structure are a number of the key solutions made by the 23 senior Congress leaders within the letter to Sonia Gandhi to revive the organisation.
Sibal, who just isn’t part of the CWC, had hit out at Rahul Gandhi on Twitter on Monday for a purported comment slamming the letter writers. He withdrew his tweet a bit of later after being “informed by Rahul Gandhi personally that he never said what was attributed to him”.
The Congress additionally formally denied that Rahul Gandhi had accused any celebration chief of “colluding with the BJP”.
In addition to Azad, Moily, Sibal, Sharma, Tewari, Tharoor, Wasnik and Tankha, the signatories to the letter included P J Kurian, Renuka Chaudhary, Milind Deora, Ajay Singh, and Jitin Prasada.
The ‘group of 23’ additionally included former chief ministers Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Rajender Kaur Bhattal and Prithviraj Chavan; former PCC chiefs Raj Babbar (UP), Arvinder Singh Lovely (Delhi) and Kaul Singh Thakur (Himachal); present Bihar marketing campaign chief Akhilesh Singh, former Haryana Speaker Kuldeep Sharma; former Delhi Speaker Yoganand Shastri and former MP Sandeep Dixit. PTI