September 30, 2020

Cracks Large Open in Congress on CWC Eve, Will Sonia Repeat 1999?



File photo of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

File picture of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

All eyes at the moment are on the CWC assembly to see whether or not Sonia Gandhi resigns as she did in 1999 after the then Chief of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sharad Pawar questioned her overseas origins. The CWC ultimately rejected the resignation and Pawar together with P A Sangma and Tariq Anwar needed to give up the Congress to type the NCP.

New Delhi: The Congress was on Sunday within the midst of a rising tumult with the celebration deeply divided on the management problem on the eve of the essential Congress Working Committee(CWC) assembly amid indications that its interim president Sonia Gandhi would possibly provide to give up. As the principle opposition celebration faces yet one more inner disaster, leaders together with its chief ministers and PCC chiefs rallied behind the Gandhi family, calling for Sonia to remain or Rahul Gandhi to take cost once more after a piece of its high leaders referred to as for sweeping modifications in the best way the celebration is run to arrest the drift.

The professional-reform leaders had in a letter to Sonia Gandhi sought a “full time” chief who’s lively on the sphere and in addition an institutional management mechanism to collectively information the celebration’s revival with the Gandhi family an integral ingredient as a part of the overhaul. Whereas Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, his counterparts in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan Bhupesh Baghel and Ashok Gehlot, Congress chief in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and former ministers Ashwani Kumar, Salman Khurshid and KK Tewary backed the Gandhis, these wanting modifications included Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Kapil Sibal, Mukul Wasnik, Manish Tewari, Shashi Tharoor and ex-Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

The main points of the letter written round early August by the leaders, who included former union ministers, ex-chief ministers, former and present parliamentarians and senior functionaries, have emerged simply forward of the CWC assembly on Monday throughout which the problems flagged are anticipated to be mentioned and debated. The CWC is the celebration’s apex decision-making physique. The letter, nevertheless, careworn that the Nehru-Gandhi family will “all the time stay an integral a part of the collective management” of the Congress celebration.

After particulars of the letter turned public, sources near Sonia Gandhi mentioned that in response to it she would possibly provide to give up as celebration’s interim chief and ask the management to scout for a full-time president. AICC media chief Randeep Surjewal additionally denied stories that she had give up. Sonia reluctantly took over as interim chief on August 10 final yr following a request from the CWC after Rahul Gandhi declined the committee’s unanimous attraction to remain as chief put up the 2019 Lok Sabha ballot debacle.

All eyes at the moment are on the CWC assembly to see whether or not Sonia Gandhi resigns as she did in 1999 after the then Chief of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sharad Pawar questioned her overseas origins. The CWC ultimately rejected the resignation and Pawar together with P A Sangma and Tariq Anwar needed to give up the Congress to type the NCP. Having a “full time” management that’s lively within the subject and “seen” in celebration workplaces, dissolution of powers to state models and revamping the CWC in step with the celebration structure are among the far-reaching strategies made by the 23 senior Congress leaders to revive the organisation, sources mentioned.

The leaders mentioned that over-centralisation of the organisation and micro-management has all the time confirmed to be counter-productive, and that uncertainty over the management has “demoralised the Congress staff and additional weakened the celebration”. Highlighting the gravity of the challenges going through the celebration, they mentioned it was “crucial” to urgently set up an institutional management mechanism to collectively information the celebration’s revival.

Opposing the bid to problem the Gandhi family management, Amarinder Singh mentioned this was not the time to lift such a problem. “The transfer by these Congress leaders to demand an overhaul of the celebration at this crucial juncture could be detrimental to its pursuits, and the pursuits of the nation.

“What the Congress wants is a management that’s acceptable not simply to some however to your complete celebration, by its rank and file, and the nation at giant,” he mentioned, including that the Gandhis have been the suitable match for this position. “Sonia Gandhi ought to proceed to helm the Congress so long as she desires,” he mentioned in a press release, including that Rahul Gandhi ought to thereafter take over as he’s absolutely competent to guide the celebration.

Gehlot termed the letter as unlucky and mentioned the Gandhi family has saved the celebration united. “I’m not conscious of any such letter but when that is true, then it’s unlucky. All of them have labored with the celebration for thus lengthy and the transfer of the letter is uncalled for,” Gehlot instructed PTI.

Former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah tweeted, “It’s unlucky that the management of Gandhi family is being questioned by few. In these tough occasions of undeclared emergency and assault on democracy by BJP, we should always collectively try to strengthen Congress and never weaken it.” Some leaders near Rahul have additionally written parallel letters to the CWC urgent for the Gandhi scion’s return as chief. In his letter, AICC secretary for Maharashtra Challa Vamshi Chand Reddy mentioned any delay in Rahul Gandhi’s reinstatement could be at the price of the Congress.

Lok Sabha MP Manickam Tagore too demanded Rahul Gandhi’s return as Congress president. The Delhi unit of the Congress additionally held an “emergency” assembly presided by its chief Anil Kumar and handed a decision demanding that Rahul Gandhi be appointed because the celebration’s nationwide president with out additional delay, a press release mentioned.

Tharoor put out a cryptic tweet quoting Jawaharlal Nehru that mentioned “we now have change into prisoners of the previous”. “With out ardour and urge, there’s a gradual oozing out of hope and vitality, a settling down on decrease ranges of existence, a gradual merging into non-existence. We now have change into prisoners of the previous and a few a part of its immobility sticks to us,” he tweeted.

Ashwani Kumar, Salman Khurshid and Ok Ok Tewary spoke towards elections to the put up of celebration president and favoured consensus. Kumar and Khurshid each argued that elections could be divisive and consensus must be given an opportunity.

Tewary, a celebration veteran, feared the celebration would possibly disintegrate if Gandhis withdrew. Of their letter, the pro-reform leaders are additional learnt to have referred to as at no cost and truthful organizational polls from the block as much as the working committee stage.

They have been additionally crucial of the best way the CWC was being constituted and was functioning. They’re learnt to have identified that the CWC just isn’t “guiding” the celebration successfully in mobilizing public opinion towards the BJP.

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Whereas a lot of the leaders who’ve written the letter didn’t reply calls on Sunday, some who answered remained tight-lipped on the problem having set the stage for a CWC debate on the necessity for a Gandhi versus a non-Gandhi Congress President.

(With inputs from PTI)


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