Sonia Gandhi meets with a section of dissidents in Congress and seeks to end the crisis
A crucial meeting of Congress President Sonia Gandhi and some dissidents from the Group of 23, as well as other top leaders, began on Saturday morning with the aim of ending the current crisis in the party and discussing the necessary steps to strengthen the organization as a result of series of electoral setbacks.
Ghulam Nabi Azad, leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha and one of 23 congressional leaders who wrote to Gandhi earlier this year seeking a complete overhaul of the organization, as well as top-down internal elections, and another letter writer, Anand Sharma. , arrived at the 10 Janpath residence of the party chief for the meeting.
Rajasthan Prime Minister Ashok Gehlot, Madhya Pradesh former Prime Minister and President of the State Congress Kamal Nath and top leaders Ambika Soni, AK Antony and P Chidambaram also attended the meeting.
Former Union Ministers and Letter Writers Shashi Tharoor and Manish Tewari, Former Chief Minister Haryana Bhupinder Singh Hooda (part of the 23-leader group), Punjab Secretary General of Congress Harish Rawat, and Treasurer Acting party, Pawan Kumar Bansal also came to Gandhi’s residence.
Also present were former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congressional leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi, Party Secretary General Ajay Maken and former Prime Minister of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan.
A congressional official said Gandhi was also eager to see an immediate end to the crisis and discuss ways to bolster the party, which suffered setbacks in recent by-elections as well as rural polls in Rajasthan.
“He wants to unite all the leaders at war and end the current stalemate in the party. He wants all leaders to work closely with Rahul Gandhi to strengthen the party, “he said, requesting anonymity.
He further said that the president of Congress did not want to isolate dissidents who are pushing for an organizational review and top-down internal elections.
The group of 23 signatories, also known as the G-23, had written to the president of Congress in August, seeking active, full-time leadership and introspection behind the 135-year-old “steady decline” of the organization, while He described an 11-specific action plan.