The Congress’s prime decision-making physique, the Congress Working Committee or CWC, will meet at 4 pm at this time, three days after an enormous defeat in state polls, and is more likely to advance inside elections scheduled in September amid renewed questions on its management, sources stated on Saturday.
The Congress confronted a wipe-out in state election outcomes declared on Thursday, shedding Punjab, one of many final main states below its management, to the Aam Aadmi Occasion (AAP), and failing to place up a robust battle in three different states the place it had hoped for a comeback – Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur.
In Uttar Pradesh, the place the marketing campaign was led by Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, celebration chief Sonia Gandhi’s daughter and sister to senior chief Rahul Gandhi, the Congress received simply 2 seats out of 403, a lack of 5 over the past polls. The celebration received simply 2.4 per cent of the vote.
The defeat revived searing criticism of the Gandhi household and rising clamour for a whole overhaul and a management change by variety of celebration leaders – a requirement that was thus far confined to the «G-23» or group of 23 «dissenters» who had written to Sonia Gandhi two years in the past.
«There might be no course correction,» stated senior Congress leaders, who’re talking out throughout the celebration in opposition to the Gandhis’ management however don’t wish to come on document.
Senior Congress chief Shashi Tharoor, a member of the G-23, on Thursday, had tweeted the celebration couldn’t keep away from change whereas his colleague Jaiveer Shergill appealed for reform and warned in opposition to «sugar-coating» the loss.
A few of the dissidents met at veteran chief Ghulam Nabi Azad’s dwelling final night and reportedly mentioned the best way ahead, expressing dismay on the Congress management for not taking any corrective steps to revive the celebration.
Additionally they reportedly expressed concern that the report of the committee fashioned to guage the losses after the final spherical of meeting ballot defeat in Assam, West Bengal, Kerala and Puducherry weren’t even mentioned within the celebration.
Nevertheless, Gandhi household loyalists have defended the management. In an interview with NDTV, the celebration’s prime troubleshooter DK Shivakumar on Friday stated the Congress can’t be united with out its first household and it was «inconceivable» for it to outlive with out them.
«With out the Gandhi household, the Congress celebration can’t keep united. They’re key for the unity of the Congress celebration… It’s inconceivable for the Congress to outlive with out the Gandhi household,» the celebration’s Karnataka unit chief stated.