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Sonia Gandhi Gandhi asked the CWC to “take note of our serious setbacks” and said that “to say that we are deeply disappointed is to make an understatement.”(HT Photo)

Factionalism, poor local leadership behind poll losses: Leaders at CWC meet

By Saubhadra Chatterji, Sunetra Choudhury, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2021 09:14 AM IST
The party again deferred its internal election to find a successor of president Sonia Gandhi “in view of the nationwide emergent conditions prevailing on account of unprecedented Corona pandemic.”
Congress chief Sonia Gandhi took charge of the party in 2019 when Rahul Gandhi resigned following the Congress’ debacle in that year’s national elections.(HT File Photo)
Congress chief Sonia Gandhi took charge of the party in 2019 when Rahul Gandhi resigned following the Congress’ debacle in that year’s national elections.(HT File Photo)

Sonia to remain Congress chief as party defers polls amid pandemic

By Saubhadra Chatterji, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2021 02:32 AM IST
G23 members do not oppose party decision to keep Sonia as the chief; CWC lashes out at Modi government over handling of Covid pandemic.
A screengrab of the last CWC meeting on April 17. Today, the Congress Working Committee passed a resolution on the government's handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.(ANI File Photo)
A screengrab of the last CWC meeting on April 17. Today, the Congress Working Committee passed a resolution on the government's handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.(ANI File Photo)

'PM must atone for his mistakes': CWC passes resolution on Covid-19

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 10, 2021 05:00 PM IST
Attacking the Centre over insufficient vaccine supply, the CWC resolution said the Modi government denies the hard facts. Earlier, addressing the CWC, Congress president Sonia Gandhi alleged that the Centre has abdicated its responsibility and left Covid-19 vaccination to states.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

Cong to form state-level panels to analyse assembly poll results

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 10, 2021 04:15 PM IST
At CWC meeting, decision taken to form state-level committees to analyse poll results in Assam, Bengal and Kerala
Congress president Sonia Gandhi addressed a crucial meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) on Monday. (File Photo)
Congress president Sonia Gandhi addressed a crucial meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) on Monday. (File Photo)

Congress must draw 'uncomfortable lessons' from assembly polls: Sonia

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Joydeep Bose
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2021 03:13 PM IST
Congress chief Sonia Gandhi also raised the matter of electing a new party president. She decided to set up a small group to "candidly understand" the underlying causes behind the party's dismal performance in the recently concluded assembly elections
In a meeting on April 17, the party's highest decision-making body had focused on the Covid-19 situation in India. (ANI Photo)
In a meeting on April 17, the party's highest decision-making body had focused on the Covid-19 situation in India. (ANI Photo)

Congress Working Committee to meet on Monday, poll review on agenda

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ayshee Bhaduri, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 09, 2021 04:27 PM IST
  • Sonia Gandhi had lamented the party’s performance, calling them unexpectedly disappointing during a virtual meeting of the Congress Parliamentary Party on Friday
Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.(HT Photo )
Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.(HT Photo )

CWC meeting tomorrow to review party performance in recent polls

By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 09, 2021 06:34 AM IST
On Friday, in the first Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) meeting after the recent assembly elections, party chief Sonia Gandhi informed that CWC, the party’s top executive body, would meet “soon” to review the results.
Congress’ Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi during the Congress Working Committee ( CWC ) meeting at AICC in New Delhi.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Congress’ Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi during the Congress Working Committee ( CWC ) meeting at AICC in New Delhi.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Congress top brass to meet on May 10 to discuss poll result, Covid situation

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Avik Roy, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 08, 2021 01:17 PM IST
Congress president Sonia Gandhi had alleged that the BJP-led government at the Centre has 'failed the people of country', and 'abdicated its fundamental responsibilities and duties towards the people' in the Covid-19 crisis.
Sonia Gandhi(ANI)
Sonia Gandhi(ANI)

Sonia slams govt for ‘gross unpreparedness’

By Saubhadra Chatterji, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2021 02:56 AM IST
In the virtual meeting, Sonia suggested 25 years as the cut-off age for vaccination as more younger people are testing positive in the second wave. Some leaders demanded universal vaccination.
Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi (left) and Rahul Gandhi. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi (left) and Rahul Gandhi. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

CWC to virtually meet on April 17, review Covid-19 situation

By Saubhadra Chatterji, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 15, 2021 04:39 AM IST
  • The meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the party’s top executive body, has been scheduled against the backdrop of a surging second wave of the coronavirus disease
Congress President Sonia Gandhi blamed the ruling BJP for its handling of the pandemic. “The government has inflicted untold suffering on the people of our country by the manner in which it has managed the Covid-19 pandemic."(Photo: INCIndia/ Twitter)
Congress President Sonia Gandhi blamed the ruling BJP for its handling of the pandemic. “The government has inflicted untold suffering on the people of our country by the manner in which it has managed the Covid-19 pandemic."(Photo: INCIndia/ Twitter)

'To boost PM Modi's image': Congress picks holes in govt's Covid-19 vaccine plan

Written by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2021 03:57 PM IST
Noting the rise in hesitancy for Covid-19 vaccine, the committee also slammed the government for allowing blatant politicisation of the regulatory process to clear the vaccine for use in order to boost the image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi.(ANI File)
Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi.(ANI File)

After Bihar Assembly Election 2020, another reshuffle in Congress on the cards

Hindstan Times, New Delhi | By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2020 10:39 AM IST
In September this year, the Congress president announced major organisational changes, revamping the party’s highest decision-making body, the Congress Working Committee, and removing some key faces as general secretaries
Interim Congress president Sonia Gandhi had formed the CEA for holding internal polls while carrying out a major organisational reshuffle on September 11.(HT Archive)
Interim Congress president Sonia Gandhi had formed the CEA for holding internal polls while carrying out a major organisational reshuffle on September 11.(HT Archive)

Congress sets in motion organisational polls, asks states to update list of AICC delegates

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 30, 2020 08:21 AM IST
Finalising the list of AICC delegates, comprising state and central leaders, is one of the key tasks in conducting the organisational polls, as they elect the party president and the Congress Working Committee, the apex decision-making body of the 135-year-old party
In states, where the Congress has slid to the third or fourth position, it has struggled to revive. As the national challenge increases, the party should remember this(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
In states, where the Congress has slid to the third or fourth position, it has struggled to revive. As the national challenge increases, the party should remember this(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

The Congress has four choices now

By Rahul Verma
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2020 05:56 AM IST
It needs to wake up to its political marginalisation. Convert the crisis into an opportunity
Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal.(PTI)
Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal.(PTI)

Congress at its historic low, needs 24x7 leader, says Kapil Sibal

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Harinder Baweja
UPDATED ON AUG 28, 2020 10:08 AM IST
The letter sent to interim party president Sonia Gandhi on August 7 called for a “visible”, “effective” and “full-time” leader; elections at all levels in the party; and establishing an institutional leadership model to collectively guide the party, among other steps.
After a seven-hour, high-decibel debate at the CWC meeting, the party authorised Sonia Gandhi to effect any necessary organisation changes, and reaffirmed its faith in her and her son Rahul Gandhi. On August 10, 2019, CWC named Sonia Gandhi the party’s interim chief after Rahul Gandhi, who preceded her as the Congress president, turned down calls to withdraw his resignation in the wake of the 2019 Lok Sabha election rout.(PTI)
After a seven-hour, high-decibel debate at the CWC meeting, the party authorised Sonia Gandhi to effect any necessary organisation changes, and reaffirmed its faith in her and her son Rahul Gandhi. On August 10, 2019, CWC named Sonia Gandhi the party’s interim chief after Rahul Gandhi, who preceded her as the Congress president, turned down calls to withdraw his resignation in the wake of the 2019 Lok Sabha election rout.(PTI)

Congress dissenters’ letter outlines 11-point agenda for internal reforms

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 28, 2020 08:42 AM IST
The letter, considered critical of the high command, sparked a heated discussion at a CWC meeting on Monday with Congress leaders mounting an offensive on the signatories.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi at the Congress Working Committee's virtual meeting, in New Delhi on Monday.(ANI)
Congress president Sonia Gandhi at the Congress Working Committee's virtual meeting, in New Delhi on Monday.(ANI)

Congress turmoil: A look at past instances involving ‘letters’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Saubhadra Chatterji
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2020 01:36 PM IST
A peep into the past throws up several similar incidents. For instance, in 1969, letters were at the centre stage of a tussle between ‘Indicate’ and ‘Syndicate’ that eventually led to the biggest split in the party to date.
Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi and party president Sonia Gandhi arrive to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony at the presidential palace in New Delhi.(REUTERS)
Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi and party president Sonia Gandhi arrive to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony at the presidential palace in New Delhi.(REUTERS)

Letter-writers may have lost upper hand after leak

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Saubhadra Chatterji
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2020 03:02 AM IST
Signatories to the letter, including Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma, came under intense attack from colleagues at Monday’s meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), which ended with the party reaffirming its faith in the leadership of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.
File photo of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.(PTI)
File photo of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.(PTI)

CWC meeting ends, Sonia Gandhi to continue as Congress president for now

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2020 06:37 PM IST
Sonia Gandhi said after the marathon meeting that she doesn’t hold anything against anyone. Gandhi, however, asked leaders to raise concerns at the party forum only.
At the meeting, which was called to discuss the churning that is taking place with a section of leaders seeking a change in leadership, differences came to fore.(PTI)
At the meeting, which was called to discuss the churning that is taking place with a section of leaders seeking a change in leadership, differences came to fore.(PTI)

BJP refrains from commenting on CWC meet, calls it Congress’ internal matter

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Smriti Kak Ramachandran
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2020 04:51 PM IST
Several BJP leaders however said that the sparring at the CWC showed the lack of internal democracy within the country’s oldest party
Rahul Gandhi questioned the timing of the letter written by dissenters—the Congress president was ill and the party was fighting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.(PTI)
Rahul Gandhi questioned the timing of the letter written by dissenters—the Congress president was ill and the party was fighting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.(PTI)

Sonia asks CWC to elect a new chief, Rahul questions timing of dissenters’ letter

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2020 03:27 PM IST
The CWC had named her the party’s interim chief on August 10 last year after Rahul turned down calls to withdraw the resignation he had given on May 25, taking moral responsibility for the party’s rout in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections
At the CWC meeting, Kapil Sibal alleged that Rahul Gandhi accused senior party leaders of colluding with BJP.(ANI)
At the CWC meeting, Kapil Sibal alleged that Rahul Gandhi accused senior party leaders of colluding with BJP.(ANI)

CWC meet: Sibal backtracks after reacting to ‘colluding with BJP’ remark

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Saubhadra Chatterji
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2020 05:34 PM IST
Sibal, one of the top legal brains of the party, had mentioned earlier in the day that Gandhi reportedly alleged in the meeting that seniors are colluding with the BJP
Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi.(HT Photo/Sonu Mehta)
Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi.(HT Photo/Sonu Mehta)

CWC meet: Leaked letter puts Congress seniors on back foot

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Saubhadra Chatterji
PUBLISHED ON AUG 24, 2020 01:47 PM IST
At the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting on Monday, party leader Rahul Gandhi questioned the timing of the letter
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is seen in this file photo. Gandhi said the letter to Sonia Gandhi came at a time when the “party is fighting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Madhya and Rajasthan.”(Reuters Photo)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is seen in this file photo. Gandhi said the letter to Sonia Gandhi came at a time when the “party is fighting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Madhya and Rajasthan.”(Reuters Photo)

Rahul Gandhi condemns timing of Congress leaders’ letter, says it was sent when Sonia Gandhi was sick

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Meenakshi Ray
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2020 12:36 PM IST
Rahul Gandhi said during the crucial meeting of the Congress Working Committee that the letter was sent to the party chief at a time when she was unwell.
Congress’ interim president Sonia Gandhi attends the virtual CWC meeting on Monday.(ANI photo)
Congress’ interim president Sonia Gandhi attends the virtual CWC meeting on Monday.(ANI photo)

At CWC meeting, Congress leaders ask Sonia Gandhi to continue as party chief, criticise letter

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2020 12:33 PM IST
Sonia Gandhi, meanwhile, asked CWC members to begin deliberations towards the process of transition to relieve her from the duty of party chief, according to people aware of the developments.
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot said if Sonia Gandhi has made up her mind to quit party president’s post, then Rahul should step up and lead Congress.(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot said if Sonia Gandhi has made up her mind to quit party president’s post, then Rahul should step up and lead Congress.(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)

Letter vs letter: After 23 Congress leaders question leadership, others come out in support of Sonia Gandhi

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2020 07:39 PM IST
Many leaders of the Congress wrote a letter to Sonia Gandhi suggesting overhaul of the party. Sonia responded saying all of them should get together and find a new chief as she does not want to carry out the responsibilities any further.
File photo of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.(PTI)
File photo of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.(PTI)

‘Wrong to question Sonia Gandhi’s unifying leadership’: Ashwani Kumar

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2020 07:02 PM IST
Ashwani Kuma also targeted the leaders who have signed the letter, saying some Congress leaders have harmed the party repeatedly.
Leaders such as Shashi Tharoor and Manish Tewari have demanded internal elections if Rahul Gandhi does not return to the post he gave up in May 2019(Reuters File Photo)
Leaders such as Shashi Tharoor and Manish Tewari have demanded internal elections if Rahul Gandhi does not return to the post he gave up in May 2019(Reuters File Photo)

CWC to meet soon as clamour for Rahul Gandhi’s return as party chief grows

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2020 01:24 AM IST
On Wednesday, the Congress dismissed Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s remark that she agreed with her brother that a non-Gandhi should become the party chief. The party claimed that millions of Congress workers want Rahul Gandhi to return as the party chief.
New Delhi, June 09 (ANI): Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra speaks on 69,000 teacher's requirement issue, in New Delhi on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)(ANI)
New Delhi, June 09 (ANI): Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra speaks on 69,000 teacher's requirement issue, in New Delhi on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)(ANI)

Agree with Rahul that non-Gandhi should be Congress president, Priyanka in new book

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2020 02:14 PM IST
The book, ‘India Tomorrow: Conversations with the Next generation of Political Leaders’ written by US academicians Pradeep Chibber and Harsh Shah, also quotes Priyanka Gandhi as having said that the Congress should have its own path
Sanjay Jha was dropped as Congress spokesperson last week after he wrote an article which criticised the party’s functioning and questioned the leadership.
Sanjay Jha was dropped as Congress spokesperson last week after he wrote an article which criticised the party’s functioning and questioned the leadership.

Sanjay Jha to contest when Congress decides to hold polls for its top body

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi
UPDATED ON JUN 27, 2020 02:34 PM IST
Sanja Jha underlined that he is a “hardcore Nehruvian” and will take on the “might of the BJP”.
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