Initially, as reported by ET, the meeting was to happen on Saturday however needed to be rescheduled in the backdrop of issues being flagged off by influential occasion leaders amid uncertainty over Sonia Gandhi’s continuation in workplace.
These leaders have begun to really feel that the lack of readability at the high has had a “numbing effect” on the organisation moreover making it simpler for the Narendra Modi authorities in coping with the Opposition. Also, any critical effort on the right way to re-invent the occasion after the 2019 debacle has taken a backseat.
These leaders, ET has gathered, have conveyed their issues to Sonia Gandhi and careworn on the urgency for remedial motion. It’s believed some have even penned their views to her.
Despite their attachment to Sonia Gandhi, these leaders really feel that her interim presidency, after Rahul Gandhi stop the submit, has not helped the Congress’s trigger resulting in confusion in the decision-making course of. Despite Rahul’s assertion that a non-Gandhi should lead the occasion, his mom’s return as an in-terim association signaled that he was, in actuality, not ready to just accept somebody exterior the household as occasion head.
Instead, insiders mentioned, the message went out that she was holding fort for just for her son to return. Now, the fear amongst senior leaders is that this prolonged standing of the occasion being with out a correct president could present a gap for the Election Commission to wade in by making a case of violation of its norms for events.
Many Congress leaders really feel that the lack of readability at the high has had a “numbing effect” on the organisation.
IN-AND-OUT RAHUL GANDHI
There’s a rising view that these loyal to Rahul Gandhi are most likely taking part in for a large-scale emotional attraction from the occasion for his return, similar to it occurred when Sonia Gandhi turned down the PM’s submit in 2004. “It’s apparent Rahul Gandhi is open to coming again, in any other case his individuals is not going to to be repeatedly making this attraction.
Now they most likely need many others to affix in the schorus,” quipped a occasion chief. Sonia Gandhi’s interim association additionally led to the management diluting its established protocol and delegating to Rahul, who’s now technically one of the CWC members, all duties and powers in any other case vested in the occasion president.
As a consequence, Rahul alone is projected the occasion’s pan-India campaigner, he alone can take conferences involving varied states and play peacemaker in Rajasthan; or for that matter oversee ballot preparations in Bihar. All this provides Rahul all the energy and authority inside the Congress.
“The problem is he wants to be the de facto leader, enjoying all power and no accountability. What we are saying, you may very well take over as party chief, but by being a unifying, responsible and politically matured leader by learning from past mistakes,” mentioned a CWC member.
VICIOUS INTERNAL DIVIDE
The Congress management is in the present day a divided lot. If many senior Congress leaders have doubts on Rahul’s means to script a comeback in opposition to Modi, most of his crew members stay hostile to the seniors.
While some amongst Team Rahul have come up by the ranks, and thus, have justifiable aspirations inside the occasion, most others are perceived as inexperienced horns having fun with Rahul’s patronage. On the different hand, many seniors are feeling belligerent, wounded, even humiliated, although silent in deference to Sonia Gandhi. As time is quick working out for them and the occasion, on check are the credentials of the first household as time-tested unifiers of the Congress management.