Rahul Gandhi’s remark that Congress leaders who have written to Sonia Gandhi for a full-time leadership and other sweeping reforms were doing so in collusion with BJP has not gone down well with various senior leaders. Rahul Gandhi’s remark provoked an ever stronger rebuttal by leaders such as Kapil Sibal and Ghulam Nabi Azad.
Sources said Rahul Gandhi’s remarks came during the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting. He reportedly said that Congress leaders who have written to Sonia Gandhi were in cahoots with the BJP.
Ghulam Nabi Azad offers to resign
One of the signatories to the strongly worded letter, Ghulam Nabi Azad, read out the letter. Azad, who is also a member of the CWC, offered to resign as he faced criticism from several leaders including the Gandhis.
Kapil Sibal blasts Rahul Gandhi
On the other hand, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal blasted Rahul Gandhi in the public for his remarks. Sibal took to Twitter to vent his anger against Rahul Gandhi.
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He tweeted: “Rahul Gandhi says we are colluding with BJP. Succeeded in Rajasthan High Court defending the Congress party. Defending party in Manipur to bring down BJP Government. Last 30 years have never made a statement in favour of BJP on any issue. Yet ‘we are colluding with the BJP!'”
Congress’ damage control
Within a few minutes, Kapil Sibal’s tweet went viral. This forced Congress to push for damage control.
Congress leader Randeep Surjewala immediately responded to Kapil Sibal tweet clarifying that Rahul Gandhi has not said such a thing. He tweeted: “Randeep Surjewala replied to the tweet: “Rahul Gandhi hasn’t said a word of this nature nor alluded to it. Please don’t be misled by false media discourse or misinformation being spread. But yes, we all need to work together in fighting the draconian Modi rule rather than fighting and hurting each other and the Congress.”
Kapil Sibal deletes tweet
As the Congress went for damage control, Kapil Sibal deleted the controversial tweet. Instead, he tweeted that he was personally informed by Gandhi that he never said what was attributed to him. Therefore, he is withdrawing his tweet.
Sibal tweeted: “Was informed by Rahul Gandhi personally that he never said what was attributed to him. I, therefore, withdraw my tweet.”
Was informed by Rahul Gandhi personally that he never said what was attributed to him .
I therefore withdraw my tweet .
— Kapil Sibal (@KapilSibal) August 24, 2020
Sonia Gandhi asks CWC to relieve her
Sonia Gandhi on Monday asked the CWC to relieve her from her position as interim party president. Many Congress leaders including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urged her to continue.
Interestingly, Sonia Gandhi’s request came amid a controversy over a letter written by 23 party leaders. The party leaders have sought a full-time leadership and sweeping reforms in the functioning of the Congress.
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