This was the first time Congress leaders met Sonia Gandhi in person since the outbreak of Covid-19. (File Photo)(ANI)
This was the first time Congress leaders met Sonia Gandhi in person since the outbreak of Covid-19. (File Photo)(ANI)

‘Nobody was critical of Rahul Gandhi’: What happened in Congress leaders’ meet with Sonia Gandhi amid overhaul calls

The simmering disgruntlement came to the fore after Congress’s abysmal performance in the Bihar election.
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 07:26 PM IST

For the first time since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, Congress president Sonia Gandhi met a group of party leaders who questioned the leadership of the party and wrote a letter to Gandhi. The four-hour-long meeting was held at 10 Janpath. Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi were also present at the meeting.

Here is all you need to know:

> In August, 23 Congress leaders wrote a letter to Sonia Gandhi calling for “full time and effective leadership”. The signatories included Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Kapil Sibal, Manish Tewari, Shashi Tharoor, Vivek Tankha, Mukul Wasnik, Jiitin Prasada, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Rajender Kaur Bhattal, M Veerappa Moily, Prithviraj Chavan, PJ Kurian, Ajay Singh, Renuka Chaudhary, Milind Deora, Raj Babbar, Arvinder Singh Lovely, Kaul Singh Thakur, Akhilesh Prasad Singh, Kuldeep Sharma, Yoganand Shastri, Sandeep Dixit.

> The letter pointed out at the uncertainty of leadership in the party which has demoralised workers.

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> The simmering disgruntlement came to the fore after Congress’s abysmal performance in the Bihar election.

> The in-person meeting came in a series of attempts to streamline the party, which will soon see election for the post of the president.

> Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala on Friday said majority of the Congress wants Rahul Gandhi as the president. “It is my belief and the belief of the overwhelming majority, 99.99 per cent of the Congress leaders and workers that Rahul Gandhi is the right person to lead the Congress party and to take on the Modi government,” he said.

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> The issue that Rahul Gandhi enjoys massive support was raised in today’s meeting as well to which Rahul Gandhi said he will work as the party and its all members want. Nobody was critical of Rahul Gandhi, Pawan Bansal said.

> Many such meetings like the Saturday’s one will now be held in the coming days.

> After Saturday’s meeting, Pawan Bansal said Sonia Gandhi said Congress is one big family. “There is no dissidence in the party. All are committed to work unitedly to energise the party,” he said.

> Prithviraj Chavan said there will be a brainstorming session to plan the way ahead while the preparation for election goes on.

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