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CWC Meet: Sonia Gandhi To Stay Congress Chief For Now,Party Decides In Stormy Meet|Live Updates
The letters called for a "full-time", "effective leadership" that will be "visible" and "active" in the field, sources said
CWC Meet: Sonia Gandhi To Stay Congress Chief, For Now, Party Decides In Stormy Meet|Live Updates
New Delhi: After hours of deliberation during the CWC meeting, Sonia Gandhi will continue to remain the interim party chief. Whereas a panel has also been formed to help Sonia Gandhi in her day to day functioning.
An All India Congress Committe session will be called within six months .congress is one big family and I don’t hold anything against anyone. But all, especially senior leaders should raise concerns at the party forum only,” Sonia Gandhi said in her concluding remarks at the CWC meeting
Her decision was read out at the start of the crucial meeting of the Congress Working Committee taking place a day after an explosive letter written by the top leaders.
One of the signatories to the letter, Ghulam Nabi Azad, offered to resign as he was attacked by colleagues at the meet. An All India Congress Committee meeting to start the process of looking for the new chief was suggested by several Congress leaders.
On a call for disciplinary action,the dissenters said they were "ready to face punishment immediately" and remained loyal to the congress
Rahul Gandhi, in an intervention, hit out at the signatories to the letter and questioned why the letter attacked the Congress "when it was at its weakest, when it was battling crises in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan and when the Congress president (Sonia Gandhi) was unwell". Whereas the Congress denied that he had also accused the letter-writers of colluding with the BJP.
Moments after Congress leader KC Venugopal read out Sonia Gandhi's reaction, the former PM Manmohan Singh requested her to continue. Speaking after Mr. Venugopal, Sonia Gandhi reiterated her decision and asked the party to be deliberation ti set in the place to find her replacement.
Alos she had told her aides that she did not want to continue as president, which was an interim arrangement after her son Rahul quit last year.
The letter in the Congress has split down the middle with leaders like Amarinder Singh, Bhupesh Baghel and Siidaramaiah coming out in support of the Gandhis. "Sonia Gandhi should continue as long as she wants; Rahul Gandhi should take over after her as he is fully competent," Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said on Sunday evening.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi has responded to the letter written by the group of the party leaders who have sought a complete overhaul of the organization, saying that all of them should get together and find a new chief as she does not want to carry out the responsibilities any further, said the people familiar with the development.
His Chhattisgarh counterpart Bupesh Baghel tweeted: "Honorable Sonia ji and Respected Rahul ji are the rays of hope for us in every challenge. We are all with you".
Whereas the Gandhi family loyalist had questioned why the letter had to be sent before the meeting of the Working Committee scheduled for today This is "not the time to raise such an issue, given the need for strong opposition against BJP-led NDA that was out to destroy country's constitutional ethos and democratic principles," Amarinder Singh said.
Sonia Gandhi in her response has told them that she was not interested in leading the party once again when the CWC on August 10 requested her to assume the reins of the organizations again.
Sonia Gandhi accepted the post of the interim chief after much persuasion only on one condition that the party will find her replacement soon.
The leader has made a desperate plea to her after Rahul Gandhi rejected their call to withdraw his resignation that he had put in on May 25 in the wake of the party's rout in the national elections.
Sonia Gandhi at that time too, mentioned in her response that she had insisted that the new president should be someone from outside the Gandhi family.
For his part, Mr. Gandi while resigning from the top post had told the CWC in its meeting on May 25 that the party should elect a non-Gandhi as its new president.
Over the last weeks, there has been a push from various senior leaders of the party including Kapil Sibal and Shashi Tharoor, for reforms.
This morning, Mr. Tharoor tweeted a quote by Jawaharlal Nehru that read, "Without passion and urge, there is a gradual oozing out of hope and vitality, a settling down on lower levels of existence, a slow merging into non-existence. We have become prisoners of the past and some part of its immobility sticks to us".
Senior Congress leader Sanjay Jha was suspended after his vert public takedown of the party in a newspaper article over the revolt of senior leader Sachin Pilot, which has plunged the Congress government in Rajasthan political crisis.
The Congress on Monday had rubbished a tweet by Mr. Jha that said that around 100 Congress leaders have written to Sonia Gandhi asking for a change in the political leadership.
Whereas the working committee meeting last month saw arguments and sharp criticism by the younger leaders who were seen to blame the party's last government for its massive downfall since