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Sonia Gandhi to continue as Congress President, CWC decides after 4.5-hour-long meeting


Days after its ballot debacle in 5 states, Congress‘ high decision-making physique – Congress Working Committee – on Sunday brainstormed over the best way ahead amid requires large-scale reforms to revive the occasion’s dwindling electoral fortunes.

After a four-and-half-hour assembly, the CWC determined that Sonia Gandhi will proceed because the occasion president.

Other than Sonia Gandhi, former occasion chief Rahul Gandhi, common secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Okay C Venugopal, Chief of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, occasion’s chief in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and P Chidambaram had been amongst those that attended the CWC assembly.

Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma and Mukul Wasnik had been the one three from the Group of 23 leaders who participated within the assembly of the CWC, which has a lot of Gandhi household loyalists.

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh didn’t attend the assembly. Senior occasion chief A Okay Antony was additionally not current as he has contracted Covid.

‘Sonia Gandhi to steer us, will take future steps’

After the occasion’s working committee assembly, Kharge stated, “Congress interim president Sonia will lead us and can take future steps. All of us place confidence in her management.”

On how you can take issues ahead, AICC Goa in-charge, Dinesh Gundu Rao stated, “Sonia Gandhi continues to be the president of the occasion. Detailed dialogue held concerning the 5 states elections. We mentioned how you can take issues ahead and the way we put together for the forthcoming elections.”

The Congress misplaced Punjab to the Aam Aadmi Social gathering, couldn’t wrest Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur from the BJP and the occasion’s tally in politically essential Uttar Pradesh fell to its lowest.

Whereas Sonia Gandhi has not been actively campaigning for a while, Rahul Gandhi, together with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, had been the star campaigner for the Congress within the polls, with the brother-sister duo additionally taking part in a serious function in key choices of the occasion.

Regardless of a high-pitched marketing campaign led by Priyanka Gandhi, the Congress may handle to win solely two of the 403 meeting seats in Uttar Pradesh with the vote share plummeting to a meagre 2.33 p.c and most of its candidates dropping safety deposits.

Forward of the assembly, the refrain for making Rahul Gandhi Congress president once more grew louder as a number of leaders and staff voiced help for him to tackle the mantle of occasion chief.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot stated nobody was taking over Prime Minister Narendra Modi as Rahul Gandhi does and was preventing resolutely.

“The prime minister has to begin his speech after focusing on Rahul Gandhi, you’ll be able to perceive what this implies. All of us need that Rahul ji ought to tackle the mantle of occasion management,” Gehlot stated whereas talking to reporters.

Karnataka Congress president DK Shivakumar additionally backed the thought to make Gandhi the occasion chief.

“As I’ve stated it earlier as effectively, Rahul Gandhi ought to take up the Congress presidency in a full time function instantly. That is the want of hundreds of thousands of Congress staff like me,” he tweeted.

Congress staff from round Delhi, who converged close to the occasion workplace, weren’t allowed to enter the AICC headquarter as visitors was held up and the street outdoors the occasion workplace was barricaded by the police.

A bunch led by Delhi Congress leaders, together with Alka Lamba, voiced help for Rahul Gandhi to steer the occasion and raised slogans in his and Congress common secretary Priyanka Gandhi’s favour.

Rahul Gandhi had resigned as Congress president after the occasion suffered its second consecutive defeat usually elections in 2019. Sonia Gandhi, who took over the reins of the occasion once more as interim president, had additionally supplied to stop in August 2020 after robust criticism by a piece of leaders, known as G-23, however the CWC had urged her to proceed.

Earlier within the day, high Congress leaders mentioned the occasion’s technique for the upcoming Funds Session of Parliament and determined to work in coordination with different like-minded events to boost problems with public significance.

The assembly of the Congress Parliamentary technique group was held on the residence of occasion president Sonia Gandhi.

With company inputs

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