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LIVE: Senior leaders should raise concerns at party forum only, says Sonia Gandhi in concluding remarks

In her concluding remarks, Sonia Gandhi said that Congress was a one big family, and she held nothing against anyone. However, everyone, especially senior leaders, should raise concerns at the party forum only, she said.

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Prashasti Singh | Aug 24, 2020 19:09 IST
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Sonia Gandhi will continue as Congress Party president till an AICC session is called within six months, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting, called to discuss the turmoil within the Congress, concluded. The meeting had turned fiery after those supporting Sonia Gandhi targeted the leaders who wrote a letter to her seeking a complete overhaul. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, senior leader AK Antony and others urged her to continue on the post till a new president is elected.

There was a controversy after reports that Rahul Gandhi said the entire episode was done in collusion with the BJP. When Ghulam Nabi Azad and Kapil Sibal, who were a part of the group which wrote the letter, said they were upset by the remarks, the Congress got into damage control and clarified that Rahul never said anything like this. Sonia Gandhi, however, is adamant on quitting and has asked the CWC members to begin the process of finding a new party chief.

Here are the live updates:

07:06 pm IST

CWC briefing by KC Venugopal and Randeep Surjewala underway

The Congress Working Committee briefing is underway. KC Venugopal and Randeep Surjewala are addressing the media. Both leaders read the party’s resolution in both English and Hindi.

06:07 pm IST

Senior leaders should raise concerns at party forum only: Sonia Gandhi in concluding remarks

“Congress is one big family and I don’t hold anything against anyone. But all, especially senior leaders should raise concerns at the party forum only,” said Sonia Gandhi in her concluding remarks.

06:02 pm IST

CWC meet ends, Sonia Gandhi to continue as Congress president

The seven-hour long CWC meeting has come to an end. Sonia Gandhi to continue as Congress president till an AICC session is called within six months. A committee will be formed to help Sonia Gandhi in day-to-day functioning.

05:20 pm IST

Ambika Soni demands action against dissenters

Congress leader Ambika Soni has demanded that action be taken against the dissident leaders.

04:38 pm IST

‘Nobody can question my loyalty to Congress party’: Mukul Wasnik

“I owe a lot to Sonia Gandhi. Nobody can question my loyalty to the Congress party,” says dissident Congress leader Mukul Wasnik.

04:20 pm IST

‘We should all learn from her’: RPN Singh’s pitch for Sonia Gandhi

Congress leader Ratanjit Pratap Narain Singh praised Sonia Gandhi for being available ‘24x7’ to guide the party during Jharkhand elections. “We won the elections. I want to tell all CWC members that we should all learn from Sonia Gandhi,” he told the CWC. RPN Singh also wanted Sonia Gandhi to continue on the post till a new president is elected.

02:55 pm IST

Ahmed Patel criticises dissenters, says Rahul Gandhi should be Cong president

Ahmed Patel criticised the dissenters. Referring to Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mukul Wasnik and Anand Sharma, he said they are occupying key posts in the party and should not have written such a letter. He also said that Rahul Gandhi should take over as Congress president immediately.

02:10 pm IST

‘Does not reflect well on you to react to hearsay’: Congress MP Manickam Tagore on Sibal’s tweet

“Kapil Sibal ji We all have great respect for you. @INCIndia made you cabinet minister and gives lot of importance. you are NOT inside the CWC. You are reacting to a leak that is false. It does not reflect well on a leader as senior as you are, to react to hearsay!” Tweeted Congress MP from Tamil Nadu Manickam Tagore.

01:59 pm IST

After clarification on Rahul Gandhi’s remarks, Kapil Sibal withdraws tweet

Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal has withdrawn his tweet where he expressed unhappiness with Rahul Gandhi’s reported remarks at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting.

01:37 pm IST

Rahul Gandhi did not say leaders were colluding with BJP: Surjewala

Randeep Singh Surjewala tagged Kapil Sibal’s tweet where he said Rahul Gandhi was accusing them of colluding with the BJP, and clarified that the former Congress chief ‘did not say a word of this nature nor alluded to it.’

01:06 pm IST

Priyanka Gandhi hits back at Ghulam Nabi Azad

Priyanka Gandhi hits back at Ghulam Nabi Azad, says what you are saying is opposite of what you have written in the letter.

01:01 pm IST

The letter was ‘unfortunate, cruel’: AK Antony

AK Antony said the letter of dissenting Congress leaders was unfortunate, cruel.

12:59 pm IST

Begin deliberations to put in a place of process of transition to relieve me from my duties: Sonia Gandhi

“A year has lapsed now. In the interest of the party, I ask CWC to begin deliberations to put in a place of process of transition to relieve me from my duties,” says Sonia Gandhi.

12:55 pm IST

Never made a statement in favour of BJP in 30 years: Kapil Sibal

Rahul Gandhi says “ we are colluding with BJP “ Succeeded in Rajasthan High Court defending the Congress Party. Defending party in Manipur to bring down BJP Govt. Last 30 years have never made a statement in favour of BJP on any issue. Yet “ we are colluding with the BJP “! Tweeted Kapil Sibal.

12:44 pm IST

Letter was written in collusion with BJP, says Rahul Gandhi

Writing a letter to Sonia Gandhi for reforms in party leadership was done in collusion with BJP, says Rahul Gandhi: ANI quoting sources.

12:40 pm IST

Ghulam Nabi Azad explains why he wrote the letter, offers to quit

Ghulam Nabi Azad said that he would resign if he was in any manner doing this to help the BJP or doing it at its behest.

12:31 pm IST

KC Venugopal reads out Sonia Gandhi’s letter seeking to step down from her role

Sonia Gandhi’s letter seeking to step down from her role was read out by KC Venugopal.

12:26 pm IST

Ghulam Nabi Azad, part of group that wrote letter on Congress’ overhaul, praises Sonia Gandhi

Dissenting leader Ghulam Nabi Azad praises Sonia Gandhi in key meeting over leadership crisis in Congress.

12:25 pm IST

I am hurt by the letter: Captain Amarinder Singh

Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh said he was “hurt” by the letter seeking changes in CWC.

12:24 pm IST

Weakening the high command is weakening the party: AK Antony

“Weakening the high command is weakening the party. How can my colleagues write such a letter?”, asks AK Antony.

12:20 pm IST

Rahul Gandhi condemns timing of Congress leaders’ letter

Rahul Gandhi condemns the timing of the leaders’ letter and says it was written at a time when Sonia Gandhi was ill and when the Congress Party was fighting BJP in MP and Rajasthan.

12:13 pm IST

Sonia Gandhi wants a start to process of transition to relieve her from duty

Sonia Gandhi asks leaders to begin deliberation to start a process of transition to relieve her from the duty.

12:10 pm IST

Rahul should take over if Sonia Gandhi unwilling to continue as party chief: AK Antony

Sonia is unwilling to continue as Congress interim chief, Rahul Gandhi should take over, says AK Antony.

12:05 pm IST

Sonia Gandhi should complete full term: Manmohan Singh

Former PM Manmohan Singh says he wants Sonia Gandhi to stay and complete full term.

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