The Congress Working Committee (CWC) will meet on Sunday to decide on the dates for the election of the next party chairman. The meeting will take place against the background of party veteran Ghulam Nabi Azad handing in his papers on Friday, along with a damning letter to interim party president Sonia Gandhi.
According to reports, some members of the G-23 group (congress leaders who had written to Sonia Gandhi asking for reforms in the party) held a meeting at Azad’s home in Delhi on Saturday. Azad is said to have written the letter.
According to an PTIA In addition to approving the election schedule, members of the CWC, the party’s highest decision-making body, can also express their confidence in the leadership of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.
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The CWC meeting will be held virtually at 3:30 PM under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi. With Sonia Gandhi abroad for medical checkups and Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra accompanying her, they will all virtually participate in the CWC meeting.
Congress announced last October that the election of the new party chairman would take place between August 21 and September 20 of this year.
In his letter of resignation to Sonia Gandhi, Azad lashed out at Rahul Gandhi for “destroying the entire consultation mechanism” through a cabal and group of sycophants.
The big old party has seen some notable exits in recent months, including those of Kapil Sibal, Sunil Jakhar, Amarinder Singh, RPN Singh and Ashwani Kumar. However, Azad’s resignation in conjunction with the no-limits letter has probably hurt party leadership the most in recent times. To limit the damage, the party said Azad’s DNA had been “altered” in a clear reference to his cordial ties to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
According to an PTIA report, the election of the Congress president is likely to be postponed for a few weeks as the party focuses on the Kanyakumari to Kashmir ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ from September 7 and some state units fail to complete the formalities.
The names of several party veterans, including Prime Minister of Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot, have come forward for the post of the next president, amid reports that Rahul Gandhi has refused to return as party leader. However, the tension remains over the issue.
On Wednesday, Gehlot said efforts will be made until the last minute to convince Rahul Gandhi to take back the reins of the party.
Gehlot’s comments came a day after he met Sonia Gandhi, sparking rumor that the two may have discussed the possibility of him becoming the next party chairman.
Rahul Gandhi had resigned as president of Congress following the party’s second consecutive defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Sonia Gandhi was then appointed interim president. She had offered to quit in August 2020 after an open uprising by G-23 members, but the COR had urged her to continue.
(With desk and desk input)