The Congress was on Sunday within the midst of a rising tumult with the get together deeply divided on the management situation on the eve of the crucial Congress Working Committee(CWC) meeting amid indications that its interim president Sonia Gandhi would possibly provide to give up.
As the principle opposition get together faces one more inside disaster, leaders together with its chief ministers and PCC chiefs rallied behind the Gandhi household, calling for Sonia to remain or Rahul Gandhi to take cost once more after a bit of its prime leaders referred to as for sweeping modifications in the best way the get together is run to arrest the drift.
The pro-reform leaders had in a letter to Sonia Gandhi sought a “full time” chief who’s energetic on the sphere and likewise an institutional management mechanism to collectively information the get together’s revival with the Gandhi household an integral ingredient as half of the overhaul.
While Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, his counterparts in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan Bhupesh Baghel and Ashok Gehlot, Congress chief in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and former ministers Ashwani Kumar, Salman Khurshid and KK Tewary backed the Gandhis, these wanting modifications included Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Kapil Sibal, Mukul Wasnik, Manish Tewari, Shashi Tharoor and ex-Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda.
The particulars of the letter written round early August by the leaders, who included former union ministers, ex-chief ministers, former and present parliamentarians and senior functionaries, have emerged simply ahead of the CWC meeting on Monday throughout which the problems flagged are anticipated to be mentioned and debated. The CWC is the get together’s apex decision-making physique.
The letter, nevertheless, pressured that the Nehru-Gandhi household will “always remain an integral part of the collective leadership” of the Congress get together.
After particulars of the letter turned public, sources near Sonia Gandhi stated that in response to it she would possibly provide to give up as get together’s interim chief and ask the management to scout for a full-time president. AICC media chief Randeep Surjewal additionally denied experiences that she had give up.
Sonia reluctantly took over as interim chief on August 10 final yr following a request from the CWC after Rahul Gandhi declined the committee’s unanimous enchantment to remain as chief publish the 2019 Lok Sabha ballot debacle.
All eyes are actually on the CWC meeting to see whether or not Sonia Gandhi resigns as she did in 1999 after the then Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sharad Pawar questioned her international origins. The CWC finally rejected the resignation and Pawar together with P A Sangma and Tariq Anwar needed to give up the Congress to kind the NCP.
Having a “full time” management that’s energetic within the discipline and “visible” in get together places of work, dissolution of powers to state items and revamping the CWC consistent with the get together structure are some of the far-reaching ideas made by the 23 senior Congress leaders to revive the organisation, sources stated.
The leaders stated that over-centralisation of the organisation and micro-management has at all times confirmed to be counter-productive, and that uncertainty over the management has “demoralised the Congress workers and further weakened the party”.
Highlighting the gravity of the challenges going through the get together, they stated it was “imperative” to urgently set up an institutional management mechanism to collectively information the get together’s revival.
Opposing the bid to problem the Gandhi household management, Amarinder Singh stated this was not the time to lift such a problem.
“The transfer by these Congress leaders to demand an overhaul of the get together at this crucial juncture can be detrimental to its pursuits, and the pursuits 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 stated, including that the Gandhis have been the precise match for this position.
“Sonia Gandhi should continue to helm the Congress as long as she wants,” he stated in a press release, including that Rahul Gandhi ought to thereafter take over as he’s absolutely competent to steer the get together.
Gehlot termed the letter as unlucky and stated the Gandhi household has saved the get together united.
“I am not aware of any such letter but if this is true, then it is unfortunate. They all have worked with the party for so long and the move of the letter is uncalled for,” Gehlot advised PTI.
Former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah tweeted, “It is unfortunate that the leadership of Gandhi family is being questioned by few. In these difficult times of undeclared emergency and attack on democracy by BJP, we should collectively strive to strengthen Congress and not weaken it.”
Some leaders near Rahul have additionally written parallel letters to the CWC urgent for the Gandhi scion’s return as chief.
In his letter, AICC secretary for Maharashtra Challa Vamshi Chand Reddy stated any delay in Rahul Gandhi’s reinstatement can be on the price of the Congress.
Lok Sabha MP Manickam Tagore too demanded Rahul Gandhi’s return as Congress president.
The Delhi unit of the Congress additionally held an “emergency” meeting presided by its chief Anil Kumar and handed a decision demanding that Rahul Gandhi be appointed because the get together’s national president with out additional delay, a press release stated.
Tharoor put out a cryptic tweet quoting Jawaharlal Nehru that stated we’ve grow to be prisoners of the previous.
“Without passion and urge, there is a gradual oozing out of hope and vitality, a settling down on lower levels of existence, a slow merging into non-existence. We have become prisoners of the past and some part of its immobility sticks to us,” he tweeted.
Ashwani Kumar, Salman Khurshid and Okay Okay Tewary spoke towards elections to the publish of get together president and favoured consensus.
Kumar and Khurshid each argued that elections can be divisive and consensus needs to be given an opportunity.
Tewary, a celebration veteran, feared the get together would possibly disintegrate if Gandhis withdrew.
In their letter, the pro-reform leaders are additional learnt to have referred to as totally free and honest organizational polls from the block as much as the working committee degree.
They have been additionally crucial of the best way the CWC was being constituted and was functioning.
They are learnt to have identified that the CWC shouldn’t be “guiding” the get together successfully in mobilizing public opinion towards the BJP.
While most of the leaders who’ve written the letter didn’t reply calls on Sunday, some who answered remained tight-lipped on the difficulty having set the stage for a CWC debate on the necessity for a Gandhi versus a non-Gandhi Congress President.