SoniaGandhi to remain #Congress party’s interim president for now, new chief to be elected within next 6 months
Party Chief Sonia Gandhi has asked the CWC to begin deliberations to set in place the process to replace her as the Interim President of the party.
The meeting is being attended by senior CWC members including Dr. Manmohan Singh, Kapil Sibal, Ashok Gehlot, Captain Amarinder Singh, Bhupesh Singh Baghel, P. Chidambaram, A.K. Antony and Priyanka Gandhi among others.
Most of the leaders Ahmed Patel Siddaramaiah ask Sonia Gandhi to continue in case her health not permit, leaders submit to puruse Rahul Gandhi to head Congress.
CWC has option of Sonia and Rahul.
As the news of the letter spread, several leaders, including many MPs, wrote to Sonia Gandhi, either calling for her to continue or urging Rahul Gandhi to take charge.
Congress leaders on Sunday stand behind the Gandhi family amidst a growing tumult with the party deeply divided on the leadership issue on the eve of the crucial Congress Working Committee meeting. After 23 party leaders wrote to Sonia Gandhi seeking revamp of major bodies, sources close to her said she might offer to step down in the CWC and ask the party to look for a full-time president. AICC media chief Randeep Surjewala, however, denied it. Having a “full time” leadership that is active in the field and “visible” in party offices, dissolution of powers to state units and revamping the CWC in line with the party constitution are some of the far-reaching suggestions made by 23 senior Congress leaders in the letter to Sonia Gandhi, sources said. .
Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh, Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel, Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot, Puducherry chief minister V Narayanasamy, Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and former ministers Ashwani Kumar, Salman Khurshid and KK Tewary, among others, backed the Gandhis. Opposing the bid to challenge the Gandhi family leadership, Amarinder Singh said this was not the time to raise such an issue. “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,” he said in a statement. Gehlot said Sonia Gandhi should continue to lead the party and if she has made up her mind, then Rahul Gandhi should come ahead and be the Congress president as the “country faces the biggest challenge to save its democracy”. Congress leader Sachin Pilot, who recently rebelled against Gehlot and later called off his rebellion against the state government after the intervention of Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, said, “Mrs Gandhi and Rahul ji have shown what it means to sacrifice for the greater good of the people and the party.” “It’s now time to build consensus and consolidate. Our future is stronger when we’re united. Most Congress workers would like to see Rahul ji take over and lead the party,” he said. Baghel wrote a letter to Rahul Gandhi, urging him to return as the president of the party. “Hon’ble Sonia ji and Rahul ji are the ray of hope for us in every challenge. We are all with you. Millions of party workers and people of Chhattisgarh and the entire nation are with you..,” he tweeted. Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath said any suggestion or criticism of the leadership of Sonia Gandhi is absurd. “I appeal to Mrs. Sonia Gandhi to strengthen the Congress Party as the President and continue to lead the Congress,” he said in a tweet in Hindi. Delhi Congress also passed a resolution calling for Rahul Gandhi to be made the party chief.
Congress Working Committee (CWC), the highest decision-making body of the party, will meet in New Delhi today.
In a tweet, Party General Secretary K C Venugopal said, the meeting will be held through video conference at 11 in the morning. During the meeting, the leadership issue and the current political situation in the country is likely to be discussed.
In an earlier video conference meeting with Congress president Sonia Gandhi & Rajya Sabha MPs, I categorically appealed to Sonia Gandhi to give the leadership of Congress party to Rahul Gandhi as Narendra Modi is scared of Rahul Gandhi only: Assam Congress President Ripun Bora