After seven hour marathon session, Congress Working Committee has finally concluded that Sonia Gandhi will continue to be interim President despite the deliberations and rumours that she may step down and let a non-Gandhi, and hopefully a non-Vadra, take over as party president.
The Congress Working Committee meeting commenced at around 11 AM and multiple media houses citing ‘sources’ are sharing inputs which are all over the place. Like those high school competitions where everyone knows the teacher’s favourite will win all debate competitions despite better candidates, everyone is quite sure if the Congress president isn’t a Gandhi (or Vadra), the de facto President will still be one from 10, Janpath.
Congress leadership (read the Gandhis) had again started the resignation drama where their loyalists are urging them to stay on.
Sonia Gandhi offered to step down while former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urged her to stay on.
Rahul Gandhi questioned why the letter was sent when Sonia Gandhi was hospitalised.
Sonia Gandhi says she has given a note (a reply to the letter written by some senior Congress leaders to her over party leadership) to KC Venugopal, and he will read it out.— ANI (@ANI) August 24, 2020
Rahul Gandhi pointed at the timing of the letter by party colleagues and criticised it: Sources
Manmohan Singh and AK Antony said that Sonia Gandhi should continue till a new party president is elected: Sources pic.twitter.com/aDh7Aq7tAZ— ANI (@ANI) August 24, 2020
Former Congress President and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi questioned the timing of letter by 23 Congress leaders appealing for a total overhaul of the party leadership and accused them of colluding with the BJP.
Upset, Kapil Sibal has now resorted to sly tweeting.
Rahul Gandhi, during CWC meeting, says the letter (to Sonia Gandhi about party leadership) was written at a time when Congress government in Rajasthan was facing a crisis, the right place to discuss what was written in the letter was CWC meeting and not the media: Sources https://t.co/w47zre3MfE— ANI (@ANI) August 24, 2020
Oh, he later deleted the tweet.
Rahul Gandhi says “ we are colluding with BJP “— Kapil Sibal (@KapilSibal) August 24, 2020
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 “!
He said he was informed how Rahul Gandhi never said that the old guard of Congress is colluding with BJP and hence withdrew the tweet.
Though, his colleague, Ghulam Nabi Azad seems to be having different thoughts.
Was informed by Rahul Gandhi personally that he never said what was attributed to him .— Kapil Sibal (@KapilSibal) August 24, 2020
I therefore withdraw my tweet .
The entire drama makes no sense as of now. Except to Rahul Gandhi fangirl Sanjukta, who seems to have figure it out.
What I said was, yesterday some Congress person had said that we did it at behest of BJP & in that context I said "It is most unfortunate that some colleagues (outside CWC) have accused us of collusion with BJP, and if those people can prove this allegation, I will resign".— Ghulam Nabi Azad (@ghulamnazad) August 24, 2020
Updates: More Congress leaders now want Sonia Gandhi to continue.
What we are seeing is actually the same old vs. young war in garb of seeking change. @RahulGandhi has been trying to bring precisely that change which oldies and RSS don’t want. Most notably, Cong for first time has started directly hitting RSS, that rattled the Old, BJP, RSS.— Sanjukta Basu (@sanjukta) August 24, 2020
Sources :— Supriya Bhardwaj (@Supriya23bh) August 24, 2020
So far 15 leaders has spoken in #CWC and almost all of them have requested Mr @RahulGandhi to take over the party and lead it as it’s President
Even those who wrote letter have said that they want Mr Gandhi as party Chief pic.twitter.com/pfLskHqFad
The meeting finally got over and it is now confirmed that Sonia Gandhi will continue to be party’s president.
Note: The article is updated to reflect recent changes. Hope it was as entertaining for you as it was for us.