Ghulam Nabi Azad, one of the leading members of the group of 23 “dissenters”, is likely to meet with Congress president Sonia Gandhi to deliver the message from the meeting.
New Delhi: At a meeting of the Congress’s “G-23” or renegade group last night, leaders ruled against dividing the party for the time being, but demanded that the Gandhis remove supporters from critical positions, according to sources.
The dissidents allegedly discussed how the party is “too weak” to endure the split.
One of the prominent members of the group of 23 “dissenters,” Ghulam Nabi Azad, is expected to meet with Congress president Sonia Gandhi to deliver the meeting’s message.
The Congress Working Committee, the party’s top decision-making body, held an election post-mortem on Sunday, which only added to the rebels’ rage. They accuse the Congress of stacking crucial committees with Gandhi family loyalists who, they claim, have done nothing except protect the top leadership while blaming state leaders.
According to the rebels, a party panel entrusted with investigating the causes for the Congress’ state election setback includes the very leaders who were responsible for the defeat.
Yesterday, at Mr Azad’s residence, a group of 18 Congress leaders — a mix of G-23 dissidents and some ‘newcomers’ — convened.
Following the meeting, they advocated for “communal, inclusive leadership.” Their statement made no mention of a non-Gandhi president or an organisational election, both of which have been supported by a segment of the party. The leaders, on the other hand, requested that the Congress take the initiative to establish a coalition with other like-minded parties to take on the BJP in 2024, in order to halt the party’s gradual isolation in the opposition.
Kapil Sibal, Manish Tiwari, Anand Sharma, and Prithviraj Chavan were among the 23 dissidents who attended the event, which spanned six states. Shashi Tharoor, who was a signatory to the incendiary letter to Sonia Gandhi two years ago but has kept a low profile since then, attended the meeting as well, tweeting ahead of time that he would make “a few more blunders.”
Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Raj Babbar, Shankar Singh Vaghela, and Manishankar Aiyer were among the ‘newcomers.’
“We feel that the only way ahead is for Congress to embrace a paradigm of collaborative and inclusive leadership and decision-making at all levels,” the statement stated.
“It is vital to strengthen the Congress Party in order to counter the BJP. We demand that the Congress party engage in communication with other like-minded groups in order to build a platform for a genuine alternative in 2024 “Added the statement.
The meeting’s original location, Kapil Sibal’s residence, was moved at the last minute because several of the politicians were concerned with his recent remarks against the Gandhis. Mr Sibal had remarked in an interview with Indian Express, “I’d want to see a “Sab ki Congress.” Others desire a ‘Ghar ki Congress.’ “..
Mr Sibal was also dissatisfied with the Working Committee’s findings, which refused to accept Sonia Gandhi’s and her children’s resignations and maintained their leadership. “Outside the CWC, there is a Congress… Many leaders, like us, who are not members of the CWC but are members of Congress, have a very different perspective “he had stated
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