The unrest among the party members of Congress is now coming out in the open. The long meeting of the CWC on Monday echoed that the party is in dire need of a President. As members feel that Rahul Gandhi should take over again, it is high time that he shed the ambiguity and make his decisions clear.
The crisis erupted due to a letter written by the 23 prominent leaders of the party staring at Rahul Gandhi to take a call on the leadership crisis. There is too much going on within the party with rebellion in Madhya Pradesh and then Rajasthan back to back.
The Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting that took place on Monday took a resolution that was briefed to the media by senior leaders of the party, K C Venugopal and Randeep Surjewala. The resolution eulogized Sonia and Rahul Gandhi for being the voices of the party and exposing the central government’s inept policies over the last six months. “The CWC, reflecting the overwhelming view and desire of the rank and file of the Congress, unanimously resolved to strengthen the hands of Smt Sonia Gandhi and Shri Rahul Gandhi in every possible way,” the resolution read.
Ever since Rahul Gandhi quit his post last year following the Lok Sabha debacle there has been a crisis in the party. The leaders at the CWC meeting felt that a vacuum at the top is not acceptable.
Rahul Gandhi seems to be reluctant to take over the reins again and had repeatedly said that the next leader would be a non-Gandhi. This has led to a great insecurity in the party lines and there is a clamor to rope the scion of the Gandhi lineage back into the fold.
The CWC meeting decided that Sonia Gandhi will be at the helm until a new leader is elected. This is going to be soon when an AICC session would be held to pick a strong leader. Sonia also said that she doesn’t hold anything against any of the 23 leaders who wrote to her.
Sonia Gandhi will continue as the interim Congress president till a new chief is elected in an AICC session, which will be convened as, and when the situation permits, the party decided at the end of the meeting. She offered to quit the post and asked the party to elect the next leader as soon as possible.