GANDHIS ASSERT POWER IN CONGRESS, REMAIN LEADERS OF THE PARTY

The Congress party will be electing its new party president in September next year, as the high command has asserted Sonia Gandhi’s current position as the interim president. On Saturday, the party rolled out a schedule for an organisational election, and Rahul Gandhi indicated that he was ready to lead again as the chief of the party. The decision comes in, amidst conflict within several state factions and a collective need for a leadership change.

Rahul Gandhi’s possibilities

There was enough support for Rahul Gandhi from several senior leaders including three CMs of Congress ruled states. Meira Kumar said there was none other than Rahul Gandhi to lead. Rahul Gandhi on the other hand said he needed to be convinced by the party ideologies and know what the party stood for. He said he wanted to give chances to women, SCs, minorities and the poor. He also lauded Priyanka Gandhi’s action in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident and said leaders needed to be swift in taking action. Senior Congress leader Ambika Soni told ANI that everybody prefers Rahul Gandhi to be the leader of the party. “Everybody agreed unanimously, Whether he will become or not is up to him. But everybody is of the opinion that Rahul Gandhi should become the party president”, she said while speaking to the news agency.

G-23 leaders sidelined by Sonia

G-23 leaders, those of the likes of Kapil Sibal and Ghulam Nabi Azad who insisted a leadership change that was solid and noteworthy were not listened to. Sonia Gandhi lashed out at the leaders saying they had to talk to the party internally and not the press. Mrs. Gandhi asserted her leadership saying she is a ‘full time’ president who is always active.

 Sonia replied to G-23 leaders’ engagements with the press

Referring to Kapil Sibal’s recent exchange with the press regarding his dissatisfaction with the leadership, she said, “I am, if you will allow me to say so, a full-time and hands-on Congress president. I have always appreciated frankness. There is no need to speak to me through the media. So let us have a free and honest discussion. But what should be communicated outside the four walls of this room is the collective decision of the CWC”.

G-23 leaders end their resistance for now

To which the rebel leaders replied by acknowledging her leadership and saying that they have questioned her position, and have full faith in her. Mrs Gandhi said Congress needed a revival but that would only be possible with ‘unity and keeping the party’s interests paramount’.

 

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