Sonia Gandhi offers resignation: Congress faces an internal crisis
By Ankita Mohanty
Sonia Gandhi offers resignation after being confronted by strong opposition from the party members. Reports state that 23 senior congress leaders have stepped in and have demanded a stern change in party demographics through an official letter.
It is speculated that the letter had been written to the interim congress president weeks before it was made public. Miss Gandhi has shown extreme disappointment to the current predicament as she had been “virtually forced” to become the party president a year prior. The letter wasn’t well-received by many Congress leaders and was deemed as “insensitive” especially at a time when the party president wasn’t well. The letter demands “collective decision-making” for the party’s revival as it had caused a serious drift in its principles and dwindled influences. This marks the first serious organized resistance since Sharad Pawar walked out over Ms. Gandhi’s foreign origin in 1999.
In the CWC meeting held earlier today, to mend internal conflicts and secure the party’s future, there have been many revelations. Many congress functionaries including chief ministers Amarinder Singh, Ashok Gehlot, Bhupesh Baghel, and V. Narayanasamy stood along with the Congress royalty.
During the meeting, Ex-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has strongly criticized the letter and has asked Ms. Gandhi to continue her tenure as the party president. The sentiment was reciprocated by senior leader A.K. Antony. Rahul Gandhi further questioned the motive behind issuing the letter while allegedly saying that the dissidents are "colluding with the BJP" as mentioned by Congress Leader Kapil Sibal in a tweet.
He tweets,” 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
After Kapil Sibal, leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad rejected Rahul's charge that some of the signatories of the letter were colluding with the BJP. He firmly stated that he would resign if the allegations against him were proven correct. However, as the meeting proceeded, it came to a near conclusion that Rahul never made the “colluding” statement and Kapil Sibal withdrew his tweet. Nabi Azad mentions that it was some congress leaders who made the colluding statement, not Rahul adding his bit in the debacle.
In what seems like a weird political circus, we hope that congress reaches a firm decision. With massive support from congress sympathizers, it’s pretty unlikely to see a complete change of face of congress. It seems like yet another battle where congress royals triumph over dissents.