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Sonia Gandhi meets G-23 member Ghulam Nabi Azad as Congress rebels push for overhaul


The dissidents have held a sequence of conferences since 16 March, upset with the stance of the Gandhi-family loyalists at 13 March’s assembly of the social gathering’s highest decision-making physique – the Congress Working Committee.

The leaders, in the course of the parleys, deliberated on steps that they really feel are required to bolster the social gathering, and determined to convey to the management that their solely curiosity is to strengthen the organisation with a purpose to “save the concept of India” which solely a powerful Congress can accomplish that, in accordance with a ANI report.

A day after the Group of 23 pitched for an “inclusive and collective management” within the Congress, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, considered one of its members, met Rahul Gandhi and the 2 leaders have been learnt to have mentioned a revamp of the social gathering organisation, a key demand of the dissenters.

Try by Gandhi household to achieve out to G-23

The assembly is being seen as an try by the Gandhi household to achieve out to the G-23, which has proven indicators of accelerating aggression on the management challenge after Congress’s abject loss within the meeting elections in 5 states.

In the course of the assembly that lasted round an hour and half, they deliberated on the social gathering’s defeat in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa, sources stated.

Gandhi, a former Congress president, had referred to as Hooda for a dialogue on the political state of affairs in Haryana. Nevertheless, the dialogue spilled over to the social gathering’s abysmal efficiency within the elections within the 5 states.

Sonia Gandhi had earlier reached out to Azad on Wednesday forward of the G-23 dinner assembly at his residence.

The leaders of the grouping have since held a sequence of conferences at Azad’s residence.

After Thursday’s assembly, Hooda, a former chief minister of Haryana, visited Ghulam Nabi Azad, the casual chief of the grouping, on the latter’s residence.

Hooda and Azad have been learnt to have mentioned “concrete proposals”, the small print of which weren’t instantly recognized, to strengthen the Congress.

The G-23 had made a powerful pitch for “collective management” at its assembly right here on Wednesday.

Deputy Chief of the Congress in Rajya Sabha and one other G-23 chief Anand Sharma additionally joined Hooda at Azad’s residence the place they mentioned the end result of his assembly with Rahul Gandhi.

Later within the night, Sibal additionally met Azad on the latter’s residence.

Hooda, in accordance with sources, instructed Gandhi that G-23 leaders weren’t hankering for any place however solely searching for to strengthen the social gathering.

Amid calls by a piece of Gandhi household loyalists for motion towards Kapil Sibal, who just lately stated the Gandhis ought to step apart and pave the best way for another person to take over the reins of the social gathering, Hooda is learnt to have conveyed to Rahul Gandhi that such a step will probably be unacceptable to the grouping because the dissident chief had solely spoken about strengthening the Congress.

T S Singh Deo, a minister in Chhattisgarh, was the newest Congress chief to demand motion towards Sibal on Thursday for talking towards the social gathering management.

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, the chief of the Congress social gathering in Lok Sabha, too, deprecated leaders voicing their grievances in public. “Sonia Gandhi listens to everybody and grievances, if any, needs to be raised inside the social gathering and never in public,” he stated.

Sources within the Congress stated the social gathering management desires to resolve the variations with the G-23 and is reaching out to its leaders. It’s learnt to have deputed some senior leaders for parleys with the dissenting group to resolve the variations.

The G-23 has been persistently searching for a restructuring of the organisation because it first wrote to Sonia Gandhi in 2020 about it after of a string of electoral losses and the social gathering’s diminishing clout.

The grouping had, in a press release on Wednesday, stated the “solely manner ahead for the Congress was to undertake a mannequin of inclusive and collective management and choice making in any respect ranges.”

They insisted they need to strengthen the Congress and “not undermine it in any manner.”

A report additionally stated that the G-23 leaders mentioned some “concrete proposals”, the small print of which weren’t instantly recognized, to strengthen the Congress. 

These proposals could also be thought-about when Azad, as soon as a Gandhi household loyalist, meets the Congress president.

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