Sonia Gandhi To Pacify Congress’s G23 Rebels Ahead Of Internal Elections
Sources reveal that ahead of the internal elections, the Congress high command will meet with the in-party dissenters who asked for major changes in the party’s strategy and vision in a letter to the Gandhis in August
Speculations are rife that Congress party’s interim president, Sonia Gandhi will meet the in-party rebels who were signatories of the G23 letter, addressed to her in August. Sources reveal that this meeting will take place on 19 December, just ahead of the Indian National Congress’s (INC) internal elections to pacify the disgruntled senior leaders. It is also believed that long-standing Gandhi loyalists including Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Madhya Pradesh former CM Kamal Nath will be a part of the discussions.
The elections will take place to decide the party president for the remaining term, as well as for the 23-member strong Congress Working Committee (CWC). There are 1,500 All India Congress Committee members in total, who vote for the party chief and the CWC candidates.
In August this year, 23 senior leaders wrote a letter to the party’s high command, asking for sweeping changes in the Congress’s strategy and functioning. Those who signed the document include several veteran politicians, including Kapil Sibal, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Veerappa Moily, Shashi Tharoor and Manish Tewari. The leaders demanded for a ground-level working president and a vision for the Congress, something that is evidently lacking and translating into embarrassing election defeats for the past few years.
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