Sonia Gandhi yesterday decided to step down as Congress President after a massive controversy in the opposition clan. As many as 20 top party leaders have written a letter to Sonia Gandhi seeking reforms, introspection and “a full-time, visible leadership”.
Sonia Gandhi, 73, will either resign immediately or give the party a deadline to find a new chief. The meeting of the Congress Working Committee, the party’s top decision-making body, will happen today.
Reports suggest that Rahul Gandhi is not in favour of handling the top post and so is not Priyanka Gandhi as of now. Thus, it would be interesting to see who would get to rein the Congress party in the future if not a member of the renowned Congress family.
The chances are that top leaders might have been aware of the three members not in favour of taking on the post as of now and they see it as an opportunity to let power shift to a non-Gandhi member. In that case, it’s little politics of its own going inside the Congres clan.
The letter, reportedly, was signed by senior leaders like Kapil Sibal, Shashi Tharoor, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Prithviraj Chavan, Vivek Tankha and Anand Sharma. The letter called for reforms including decentralisation of power, empowerment of state units and organizational elections at every level, sources said.
The “uncertainty” over the leadership and the “drift” in the party had demoralised workers and weakened the party, the letter read. Well, that always has been a problem with Congress as the party has never been in favour of giving up the top leadership to anyone other than Congress family members.
For the unaware, Sonia Gandhi has been leading Congress as interim President after Rahul Gandhi decided to leave the President spot after a crushing defeat in General Elections 2019.
“Sonia Gandhi should continue as long as she wants; Rahul Gandhi should take over after her as he is fully competent,” Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said on Sunday evening.
On Sunday, Mr Tharoor tweeted a quote by Jawaharlal Nehru that read, “Without passion and urge, there is a gradual oozing out of hope and vitality, a settling down on lower levels of existence, a slow merging into non-existence. We have become prisoners of the past and some part of its immobility sticks to us”.