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Congress leaders write to Sonia Gandhi seeking ‘visible’ & ‘full-time’ leadership


At least 23 senior leaders in Congress have written to party president Sonia Gandhi seeking complete rehaul of the organisation. As per media reports the letter was given to Gandhi on Independence Day and called for a full time and effective leadership which is both visible and active. 

The letter, media reports said, did not specifically mention former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi but said the uncertainty over leadership was demoralising for the workers and was weakening the party. The letter further said that no honest introspection has happened even after the defeat in Lok Sabha elections.


Media reports said the letter was signed by senior leaders such as Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Prithviraj Chavan, Kapil Sibal, Shashi Tharoor, Milind Deora and Jitin Prasada.

Hindustan Times in a report said former Rajya Sabha leader PJ Kurien had confirmed to the media house that letter was signed by him too. He however did not divulge the details of the letter.

A meeting of the Congress Working Committee is scheduled to be held on Monday where the letter will be discussed. 

Sanjay Jha had first told of Congress letter in a tweet

Earlier, party spokesperson Sanjay Jha had tweeted about the letter but party’s chief spokesperson, Randeep Singh Surjewala, rebutted it calling it a ploy by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to divert attention from other issues.

“It is estimated that around 100 Congress leaders (including MP’s), distressed at the state of affairs within the party, have written a letter to Mrs Sonia Gandhi, Congress President, asking for a change in political leadership and transparent elections in the CWC. Watch this space,” Jha had tweeted.

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Surjewala in reply had tweeted “Special Misinformation Group on Media-TV Debate Guidance in its Whatsapp of today directed to run the story of a non-existent letter of Congress leaders to divert attention from Facebook-BJP links. Of course, BJP stooges have started acting upon it.” 

 The CWC meet comes close on the heels of Congress President Sonia Gandhi completing a year as the interim party chief. Gandhi took over as the party chief last year after her son Rahul Gandhi stepped down. 

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