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Congress president Sonia Gandhi wants party to find a new chief

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Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi has expressed her desire to step down from the post of party chief, media reports said. Sonia told some members of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) that she doesn’t want to continue as president for a full term.

The CWC meeting of the Congress will be held on Monday where a discussion is likely to be held on the leadership of the party. She has said that since many leaders of the party, cutting across loyalties, want an overhaul and believe there is a lack of effective leadership, they should suggest an alternative and choose a Congress President at the earliest.

 

Earlier 23 senior leaders had written to Sonia Gandhi expressing concern over the situation in the Congress and the need for a ‘visible’ leader. Media reports said AICC general secretary KC Venugopal will be speaking to all CWC members and leaders who wrote to Sonia Gandhi about the organisational overhaul.

He has also been told to inform the CWC members that Sonia Gandhi does not wish to continue as head of the party.

The letter to Sonia Gandhi

A letter was handed to Sonia Gandhi during Independence Day celebration. The letter had sought for an institutional leadership mechanism to collectively guide the party’s revival. The letter had said that the lack of an effective leadership was demoralising for both the party and its workers.

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The letter, sent earlier this month, is signed by several including  Manish Tewari, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Raj Babbar, Anand Sharma, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Kapil Sibal, Milind Deora among others. The leaders have suggested in the letter that there was a need for a collective full-time leadership that is “visible and effective”.

They also called for strengthening and empowering of state units, and free, fair and democratic internal polls.

Sonia as interim-president

Rahul Gandhi resigned as party president after a poor showing by the Congress, the second time in a row, in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Sonia Gandhi was then appointed the interim president and even her extended-term came to an end on August 10. Earlier this month, Sonia had told Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi as well as party leaders Ahmed Patel and KC Venugopal that a full-time party president must be appointed at the earliest.

However, since the party was battling the rebelling in Rajasthan, Sonia did not step down with immediate effect. Media reports said Sachin Pilot could also be brought back because he had been told that an AICC revamp was on the cards to address issues of the party.

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