The Congress’ Delhi unit handed a “unanimous” decision on Sunday night asking Rahul Gandhi to return as get together chief “with immediate effect”.
The decision, anticipated to set off a sequence of comparable declarations by different state models, comes days after the get together stated organisational polls can be held in June – after Assembly elections in a number of key states, together with Bengal and Tamil Nadu. That announcement got here after a tempestuous assembly of the CWC (Congress Working Committee) – the get together’s highest decision-making physique.
At the assembly, senior leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Mukul Wasnik and P Chidambaram – amongst those that have raised uncomfortable questions over get together management and administration – requested for rapid organisational polls.
Against them had been so-called Gandhi loyalists – Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his Punjab counterpart Amarinder Singh, and AK Antony, Tariq Anwar and Oommen Chandy – who stated it must be held after state polls.
The argument reportedly prompted Mr Gandhi to declare: “Once and for all, finish it and move on.”
Mr Gandhi resigned as get together chief in 2019 after the Congress suffered a humiliating defeat within the Lok Sabha election, and has been adamant about not returning since, regardless of a number of calls to take action.
His mom, Sonia Gandhi, who has been interim chief since he resigned and was President earlier than he took over, has made it clear she shouldn’t be inquisitive about retaining the submit longer than needed.
However, whereas the Gandhis say they are not looking for the highest job, they proceed to be the centre of energy within the get together. No large resolution is taken with out their sign-off.
Over the previous months senior Congress leaders have known as for introspection over continued poor performances in elections, and for “full time” and visual” management to take the get together ahead. In August final 12 months, 23 high leaders wrote to Mrs Gandhi, triggering a row that cut up the get together down the center.
Veteran leaders like Mr Azad, Mr Sharma, Mr Wasnik, and Kapil Sibal and Shashi Tharoor had been among the many signatories and known as for empowerment of state models and organisational elections at each degree.
In response sources near Mrs Gandhi, 73, stated she talked of quitting, citing her poor well being.
Sonia Gandhi met a few of the letter-writers final month and mentioned the problems raised by them. Another assembly – the get together known as it the primary in a sequence of discussions – was held final week.
“A optimistic dialogue was began by Sonia Gandhi… talked about deciding high management,” get together chief Pawan Bansal stated.
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