Sonia Gandhi has a purpose to be harm by the involvement of Ghulam Nabi Azad among the many ‘dissenters’, who wrote a letter looking for sweeping adjustments within the Congress’ management.

Azad has been fiercely loyal to the Congress, and by extension, the Gandhis. His entry in politics dates again to Sanjay Gandhi period, and since then, there was no wanting again for him as he went on to turn into a union minister, a chief minister and an AICC functionary. In 24, Akbar Road foremost constructing, there wouldn’t be a single room that has not been occupied by Azad from 1980s until date.

In Monday’s CWC, Azad drew flak nearly from everybody, together with Priyanka Gandhi and Ambika Soni. Soni, typically thought-about to be sympathetic to Azad, made a reasonably unkind reduce pointing how all through his political profession, Azad has had nationwide flag mounted on his official car. Azad is at the moment chief of opposition within the Rajya Sabha that grants him standing at par with a cupboard minister. Another get together chief taking care of Goa puzzled why a former chief minister of J&Ok was not put underneath home arrest after the abrogation of Article 370. Ahmed Patel, Azad’s modern, additionally took potshots at him.

On 27 March, 2002, Sonia Gandhi had given him a “punishing assignment as chief of the Jammu and Kashmir Congress”, a unit that was nearly defunct within the violence-ridden state. Azad had earned the doubtful distinction of being a ‘rootless wonder’ as a result of he had no assist base in his house state.

At that time of time, Azad was the AICC common secretary. His abrupt exit from the previous had shocked many within the get together. Barely 5 years later, he grew to become the chief minister of his house state.

Rajiv Gandhi additionally had lot of religion in Azad and at all times stored him on his facet. When PV Narasimha Rao was going through a management problem from Arjun Singh, it was Azad who determined to tackle the Thakur. In an unbelievable admission, Azad claimed that he had spent greater than 1000 hours with Rajiv in non-public, implying that there was nobody else who might boast of such proximity to the previous PM.

Sitaram Kesri was the Congress president in December 1997 when Sonia Gandhi merely agreed to marketing campaign for the get together in February 1998 common elections. This was a time when many Congress leaders like Aslam Sher Khan, Mani Shankar Aiyar, PR Kumaramangalam, Suresh Kalmadi and Buta Singh had abandoned the grand outdated get together.

In despair, a quantity of center rung leaders led by Ghulam Nabi Azad known as on the then “apolitical” Sonia Gandhi with a plea: “how can you allow the collapse of the Congress before your eyes.” The tardy progress within the Rajiv Gandhi assassination probe, declining fortunes of the Congress and assault on the Nehru-Gandhi legacy had weighed closely on Sonia’s determination to be part of energetic politics.

Sonia seen the Congress as extension of her love for Rajiv and the nation she had chosen to stay. In an interview, she had informed journalist Shekhar Gupta that she had a pang of guilt every time she handed by Rajiv Gandhi’s portrait hung at the lounge of 10, Janpath, that she not doing sufficient to revive the Congress.

Sonia’s entry in politics lowered Kesri to a digital no person. He didn’t step out of 7, Purana Qila Marg, all through the 1998 common elections. What was worse and extra humiliating for him was that every day, V George or Oscar Fernandes would come to him with information and papers and AICC chief Kesri would signal on dotted traces.

Incidentally, this was the second time when Congress leaders of all hue and shades had appealed to Sonia to take over get together management. This time too, the person within the lead was Ghulam Nabi Azad.

On May 22, 1991, when 18 hours after Rajiv Gandhi assassination, the Congress Working Committee had met at 24, Akbar Road, New Delhi, 18 CWC members, together with 4 everlasting members and two particular invitees, sat cross legged on white sheet, reclining on masnads.

PV Narasimha Rao was chairing the meet and the place meant for the get together president was stored vacant as a mark of respect for Rajiv Gandhi. Grim-faced Ok Karunakaran, Arjun Singh, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Balram Jakhar, Meira Kumar, Jaganath Pahadia, Rajendra Kumari Bajpai, H Ok L Bhagat, Buta Singh, Ram Chandra Vikal, Sitaram Kesri, Sharad Pawar, Pranab Mukherjee, Jitendra Prasada, M L Fotedar, Janardhan Reddy and P Shiv Shankar selected Sonia as get together chief though Rajiv’s widow was not even a ‘char aana’ member of the Congress.

Pranab Mukherjee broke the information about Sonia’s choice to the media. The seasoned politician confronted hostile press though Mukherjee stored parroting, “she is the only person who will be able to provide leadership and this juncture and under her leadership, the future of the Congress is bright”.

When Mukherjee was requested how the CWC had chosen a chief who was not even an Indian citizen till 1983, Mukherjee had replied, “She is an Indian housewife who has been exercising franchise in the New Delhi constituency.”

On August 10, 2019, Sonia determined to take reigns of the get together once more when Rahul Gandhi tendered his resignation as 87th president of the AICC on May 25, 2019. Sonia stored mum and always declined to identify a successor or represent any get together panel to look for Rahul’s alternative.

Decades of excessive command tradition has made Congress so subservient, that no person within the get together might muster the braveness to “bell the cat”. Inertia and drift adopted whilst Rahul remained adamant.

Finally on August 9, 2019, when a casual headcount was organised at 24, Akbar Road, 148 out of 150 leaders (consisting of Congress working Committee members, chief ministers of party-ruled states, CLP leaders, PCC chiefs and so forth) had favoured Gandhis to lead the Congress. Azad was ‘opening batman’ to congratulate and thank Sonia Gandhi for taking care of the get together.


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