Will Sonia stop, repeating 1999 historical past: All eyes on Monday’s CWC assembly

Aditi Tandon

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 23

All eyes are on the essential Congress Working Committee assembly on Monday to see whether or not 1999 historical past will repeat itself, and whether or not Sonia Gandhi, going through questions on her management, will as soon as once more resign.

The camp near Sonia threw ample hints at present that the Congress chief might supply to stop tomorrow after a bit of senior leaders, all lengthy trusted however Sonia, wrote a letter demanding a full time seen chief and a collective management with Gandhis integral to the association.

“Sonia Gandhi is not visible and obviously not a full time chief. She’s ill and the fact that the letter by some 20 leaders demanding change in party organisation and leadership was written when she was in the hospital, speaks volumes about those writing it. They’ve obviously questioned her style of working. She may offer to resign tomorrow and may say the party can look for a new president as only accepted the post in the interim. She has never hankered after posts,” a senior Congress man at present mentioned though AICC formally via media chief Randeep Surjewala denied having seen any dissenting letter or reviews that Sonia had stop.

The letter searching for management change has come from former ministers like Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, M Veerappa Moily Mukul Wasnik, Manish Tewari, and former CM BS Hooda amongst others like former Punjab CM Rajinder Bhattal and ex-Himachal Congress chief Kaul Singh Thakur amongst others.

Meanwhile, efforts had been on at present to scuttle any transfer by Sonia Gandhi to resign tomorrow with sitting CMs Amarinder Singh and Bhupesh Baghel rubbishing calls difficult the Gandhis.

Both CMs mentioned Gandhis alone may maintain the celebration collectively and combat the BJP with Amarinder Singh demanding that Sonia ought to proceed until Rahul Gandhi takes over and Baghel batting for Rahul’s return as celebration president.

Amarinder opposed the problem to Gandhis and spoke in opposition to makes an attempt to “divide the party.”

Haryana Congress chief Kumari Selja additionally firmly backed Sonia Gandhi saying this was the time for Congress to shut ranks in opposition to BJP and to not present cracks in the home.

Former Minister Ashwani Kumar, too, rejected requires elections saying consensus was wanted right now.

“This is not the time for an electoral exercise which is potentially divisive. Issues required to be addressed can be addressed under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi who has held the party together through difficult times. Only a year ago, party persons literally begged Sonia Gandhi to lead and she agreed as a call of duty. It is wrong to question her unifying leadership at this stage. Under the present extraordinary circumstances political adventurism cannot be the way forward,” mentioned Kumar.

Young leaders like MP Manickam Tagore and AICC secretary Challa Reddy additionally batted brazenly for Rahul saying any delay in selling Rahul can be at the price of the Congress.

With daggers drawn on the problem of Gandhi versus non-Gandhi management Sonia might effectively repeat the 1999 historical past.

On May 17, 1999 Sonia Gandhi had famously walked right into a CWC assembly and tendered her resignation after three CWC members — Sharad Pawar, PA Sangma (nominated for CWC by Sonia) and Tariq Anwar made an announcement that the President, Prime Minister, or Vice President of India shouldn’t be an individual of international origin.

The assertion was seen as a query on Sonia’s international origins and makes an attempt to forestall her from turning into the Congress PM candidate within the 1999 Lok Sabha election.

“You are all well aware of the background of this meeting. I also received the same letter. The letter deals with matters directly concerning myself. I feel I should recuse myself and perhaps Pranab Mukherjee could continue the meeting,” Sonia Gandhi mentioned on May 17, 1999 tendering her resignation which she withdrew few days later following CWC’s unanimous rejection of the identical.

Sonia Gandhi stayed within the Congress and Pawar, Sangma and Anwar stop forming the NCP.

The query is what the present Congress dissenters will do ought to Sonia once more resign tomorrow and the CWC once more rejects her resignation.

Will the dissenters observe in Sharad Pawar’s footsteps to interrupt away from the Congress? All eyes.

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