Congress chief Shashi Tharoor arrives to attend the Congress G-23 assembly, at occasion chief Ghulam Nabi Azad’s residence, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (ANI Photograph)
NEW DELHI: Expressing concern over the “demoralising” election debacle and persevering with defections from Congress, dissident bloc G-23 on Wednesday stated “collective and inclusive decision-making” is the one resolution to the disaster gripping the occasion.
Crucially, the pinnacle of the ginger group, Ghulam Nabi Azad, is more likely to meet Congress chief Sonia Gandhi quickly, at the same time as early as Thursday, to debate the problems raised by the letter-writers. It’s learnt that Sonia reached out to Azad on Wednesday morning. The G-23 leaders held a dinner assembly on the residence of Azad.
Nevertheless, regardless of the outreach, the dissidents’ dinner discussions went past standard gripes to precise a critical concern over the very sustainability of Congress, with many feeling that the occasion could also be heading for a UP-like marginalisation in different states except drastic correctives have been taken instantly. The attendees additionally slammed the current appointments to hold out the post-debacle reorganisation, arguing that the ‘issues” have been being requested to search out “options”. The options to the disaster, proposed within the CWC assembly on Sunday, have been termed as insufficient and beauty.
G23 is more likely to demand a change of a key workplace bearer within the AICC who’s near Rahul Gandhi however has been within the dissident’s crosshairs. The dissidents, who’ve stepped up their actions after the Congress decimation in 5 state polls, issued a press release that burdened on the necessity to strike partnership with likeminded events to tackle BJP.
It stated, “We imagine the one manner ahead is for Congress to undertake the mannequin of collective and inclusive management and decision-making in any respect ranges. In an effort to oppose BJP, it’s essential to strengthen Congress. We demand Congress to provoke dialogue with different likeminded forces to create a platform to pave the way in which for a reputable different for 2024. The following steps will likely be introduced quickly.” The assembly got here within the backdrop of loyalists’ assaults on G-23 leaders.
Just a few mediators, together with Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, not too long ago reached out to the dissidents to induce reconciliation. If Azad meets Sonia, the suitable compromise will likely be identified. Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will likely be different gamers within the closing end result.
The dinner was attended by a number of the letter-writers, together with MP Shashi Tharoor whereas one-time Gandhi household loyalist Mani Shankar Aiyar additionally joined in as did Punjab MP Preneet Kaur, spouse of ousted ex-CM Amarinder Singh, former Haryana speaker Kuldeep Sharma, Gujarat chief Shankarsinh Vaghela and Punjab veteran Rajinder Kaur Bhattal —in all 5 former CMs.
Curiously, the venue for the dinner was shifted from Kapil Sibal’s residence to that of Azad, because it was felt that his current demand that the Gandhi household ought to go away the management of Congress was considered as provocative which can make reconciliation tough.