The letter by senior party leaders has sparked off an intense debate inside the Congress, with some leaders backing the Gandhi household and others calling for change

Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi has requested party members to search out a new chief and expressed her want to step down from the publish, stories mentioned. Sonia is claimed to have made these statements in a response to a letter by 23 senior Congress leaders, together with chief ministers, sitting MPs and former Union ministers, calling for sweeping adjustments within the organisation.

According to Hindustan Times, Sonia requested the leaders who signed the letter to get collectively and discover a new chief as she doesn’t need to perform the duties of her publish any additional.

The letter by the senior leaders has sparked off an intense debate inside the Congress party, with some leaders backing the Gandhi household and others calling for change.

Among those that have backed the Gandhis are Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh, Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel and Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot

Singh mentioned, “The move by these Congress leaders to demand a rehaul of the party at this critical juncture would be detrimental to its interests, and the interests of the nation.”

“What the Congress needs is a leadership that is acceptable not just to a few but to the entire party, through its rank and file, and the nation at large,” he mentioned, including that the Gandhis had been the fitting match for this function.

“Sonia Gandhi should continue to helm the Congress as long as she wants,” he mentioned, including that Rahul Gandhi ought to thereafter take over as he’s totally competent to steer the party.

Baghel, in a assertion on Twitter, mentioned, “Sonia ji and Rahul ji are a ray of light in every challenge for us. We are all with you. Party workers and citizens in Chattisgarh as well as the country as a whole are with you. The country is presently in a period of crisis and only your leadership can offer the solution.”

Gehlot additionally heaped reward on the Gandhi household, saying it has saved the party united and the letter written by senior Congress leaders over party management is an unlucky transfer.

He mentioned the leaders who’re mentioned to have written the letter have labored with the party for lengthy and this was not anticipated of them.

“Democracy is under threat and a struggle for saving democracy is going on and therefore, we should not step back. The Gandhi family has kept the party united and in the time of crisis; we need them,” he mentioned.

In a comparable vein, party chief and former Union regulation minister Ashwani Kumar has mentioned that the necessity of the hour is for the Congress to remain united. “This is not the time for an electoral exercise which is potentially divisive. At this point of time and considering the extraordinary situation in the country, the need of the hour is to close ranks,” Kumar was quoted by Hindustan Times as saying.

On the opposite hand, the leaders who referred to as for ‘sweeping changes’ within the organisation embody Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad; party MPs and former Union Ministers Anand Sharma, Kapil Sibal, Manish Tewari, Shashi Tharoor; MP Vivek Tankha; AICC workplace bearers and CWC members together with Mukul Wasnik and Jitin Prasada and former Chief Ministers and Union Ministers together with Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Rajender Kaur Bhattal, M Veerappa Moily, Prithviraj Chavan, PJ Kurian, Ajay Singh, Renuka Chaudhary, and Milind Deora; former PCC chiefs Raj Babbar (UP), Arvinder Singh Lovely (Delhi) and Kaul Singh Thakur (Himachal); present Bihar marketing campaign chief Akhilesh Prasad Singh, former Haryana Speaker Kuldeep Sharma; former Delhi Speaker Yoganand Shastri and former MP Sandeep Dixit.

Letter had rued ‘absence of direct dialogue’

The letter by senior party leaders focussed on the erosion of Congress’ assist, particularly among the many youth, and talked about the rise of the BJP and Sangh Parivar’s “communal and divisive agenda”. The signatories argued that it the party’s revival is crucial at a time when the nation faces the “gravest political, social and economic challenges since Independence”, India Today reported.

It added that the committee was unable to information the party out of troubled instances, recommending organisational elections from the block-degree up until the very best degree. The leaders have given numerous options within the letter, together with constituting a Central Parliamentary Board for “collective thinking”, the necessity to unite Opposition events and the function of state Congress presidents.

These leaders argued that within the absence of a direct dialogue with the Congress chief over strengthening of the party, revival of the party has turn out to be crucial within the curiosity of democracy within the nation.

Meanwhile, some leaders near Rahul Gandhi have additionally written to the CWC urgent for the Gandhi scion’s return as chief.

“Gandhis are the symbol of sacrifice. Decision by Congress CWC was a majority decision reflecting the will of 1100 AICC, 8800 PCC members, five crore workers and 12 crore supporters who want Rahul Gandhi as their leader,” party MP Manickam Tagore mentioned, referring to the 2019 choice of the CWC to call Sonia Gandhi as party president after Rahul declined to simply accept a unanimous CWC enchantment to remain within the publish.

Apart from Tagore, Challa Vamshi Chand Reddy, ex Telangana lawmaker and AICC secretary answerable for Maharashtra has additionally requested for the promotion of Rahul Gandhi as Congress president with none additional delay.

With inputs from PTI

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