Senior Congress leaders who referred to as for an overhaul of the social gathering organisation might have geared toward exposing how Rahul Gandhi’s loyalists had been allegedly attempting to run the social gathering, however a leak of the letter they wrote to Sonia Gandhi turned the tables. They misplaced the benefit they gained at a July 30 assembly with Sonia Gandhi and Rajya Sabha members of the social gathering.
Their key demand this time, in keeping with the letter, was for a “full-time and efficient” management that’s “seen” and “energetic”.
Signatories to the letter, together with Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma, got here beneath intense assault from colleagues at Monday’s assembly of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), which ended with the social gathering reaffirming its religion within the management of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.
A decision adopted by the CWC, too, contained a pointy reference. “Nobody can be or could be permitted to undermine or weaken the social gathering and its management at this juncture,” the decision mentioned.
Senior leaders who had been signatories to the letter cited a number of explanation why they’d been “compelled” to put in writing it, together with difficulties in getting appointments with the social gathering’s prime brass.
One chief mentioned on situation of anonymity that within the inside WhatsApp group of Congress leaders, any suggestion fora overview of the social gathering’s functioningor detailed discussions are met with assaults by at the least two MPs.
He added that some leaders have additionally puzzled why one basic secretary, thought of to be near Rahul Gandhi, is current in a number of key panels. He didn’t identify the chief.
Some senior leaders had been additionally obtained annoyed on the delay in shuffling state organisations.
“Many key appointments are held again. There is no such thing as a readability on how the organisation was working and there was no session with senior leaders,” mentioned a signatory to the letter.
However whereas this part was profitable in getting their agenda mentioned within the assembly, a number of social gathering insiders mentioned the letter turned the tide in opposition to them.
They added that the group of veterans who wrote the letter had the higher hand three weeks in the past after they united, apparently to safeguarding former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s legacy after Congress MP Rajiv Satav referred to as for introspection on the second time period of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) authorities.
However their try to “reform” the organisation is being seen as an indication of revolt in opposition to the Gandhi members of the family — a cost the seniors vehemently deny.
UPA ministers Shashi Tharoor, Anand Sharma, Milind Deora, Manish Tewari (all among the many 23 signatories to the letter to Sonia Gandhi) had been vocal on Twitter to defend the UPA’s achievements.
Anand Sharma, a minister within the UPA regime, wrote 11 tweets to remind colleagues that “trustworthy introspection” was all the time useful and “Congressmen should be pleased with UPA’s legacy.”
Sharma cautioned younger leaders: “No social gathering disowns or discredits its legacy. No one expects the BJP to be charitable and provides us credit score however our personal ought to respect and never overlook” its legacy.
Milind Deora invoked Manmohan Singh’s phrases—historical past can be type to me—to say: “May he have ever imagined that some from his personal social gathering would dismiss his years of service to the nation & search to destroy his legacy – that, too, in his presence”.
Whereas Manish Tewari, who had lashed out at Congres MP Rajiv Satav additionally spoke out strongly. “
BJP was out of energy for 10 years. Not as soon as did they ever blame Vajpayee or his authorities for his or her then predicaments. In @INCIndia sadly some sick–knowledgeable would reasonably take swipes at Dr. Manmohan Singh led UPA govt than combat NDA/BJP. When unity reqd (required) they divide,” he tweeted.