Sonia Gandhi will stay Congress president, the social gathering mentioned Sunday after a four-and-half-hour election defeat autopsy. The three Gandhis reportedly provided to «sacrifice» their posts however the social gathering rejected it.
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NDTV had reported Saturday that the Gandhis would provide to resign, triggering a denial from the social gathering. However on Sunday, a senior Congress chief, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, confirmed the identical to information company ANI. «Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi mentioned that she alongside together with her members of the family Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra are able to sacrifice for the social gathering, however all of us rejected this,» he was quoted as saying.
«The CWC unanimously reaffirms its religion within the management of Smt. Sonia Gandhi and requests the Congress President to steer from the entrance, tackle the organisational weaknesses, impact vital & complete organisational adjustments with a view to tackle the political challenges,» the Congress mentioned in an announcement.
The social gathering additionally mentioned it’s going to maintain a «Chintan Shivir» (brainstorming session) to concentrate on the organisational elections after the funds session of parliament ends.
Greater than 50 leaders participated on the assembly — a quantity surpassing the mixed energy of Congress’s MLAs and MPs from the 5 states the place the elections had been held — Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Punjab.
The dimensions of Congress defeat had set off refreshed calls for for sweeping organisational adjustments and an accountable management — first launched two years in the past when a bunch of 23 dissenters later dubbed the G-23, wrote an explosive letter to Sonia Gandhi.
This time, searing criticism of the highest management got here from different quarters as properly, albeit off the document. There was criticism that Rahul Gandhi, who doesn’t maintain any official place after stepping down as Congress president after the social gathering’s second straight nationwide election defeat in 2019, continues to name the pictures.
Choices by him and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra have been seen as being chargeable for the social gathering’s crushing defeat in Punjab, a state it dominated, and Uttar Pradesh.
There are solely three members from the «G-23» within the CWC, Anand Sharma, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mukul Wasnik. Sources mentioned Mr Sharma and Ghulam Nabi Azad made their factors overtly on the assembly.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot mentioned Rahul Gandhi needs to be the Congress chief. «For the final three a long time, no person from the Gandhi household grew to become a PM or a minister. It’s important to grasp that the Gandhi household is essential for Congress’ unity,» he advised information company ANI.
This time, the Congress not solely misplaced energy in Punjab, one of many three states it guidelines by itself, but in addition the dominance it loved in Goa and Manipur. In Uttar Pradesh, it received solely two seats and its voteshare dwindled to simply 2.4 per cent.