After months of uncertainties over the leadership gap in the Congress, the party in all likely hood is going to elect a new president in June this year.
The new Congress president will be elected after elections in five states get over by June. The decision was taken amid arguments in a party meeting on Friday. Rahul Gandhi, during the meet urged every party member to end this fiasco and move on by electing a new party president. “Once and for all, finish it and move on,” said Rahul Gandhi in the meeting.
The news was divulged by KC Venugopal about the Congress Working Committee (CWC) deciding to choose a new president in June 2021 during a session of the party’s top decision-making body.
Senior leaders of the Congress like Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Mukul Wasnik and P Chidambaram urged for immediate election to pick a party president during the meet.
These leaders were part of the Congress group who have raised questions over the party’s leadership and management in recent months after multiple election defeats.
There were leaders, the supposedly Gandhi loyalists— Ashok Gehlot, Amarinder Singh, AK Antony, Tariq Anwar and Oommen Chandy, who said the election process for a party president should happen only after elections in five states are completed. Bengal, Tamil Nadu are also going into polls this year.
“Whose agenda are we working towards? The BJP doesn’t talk about internal elections like our party? The first priority is to fight the state elections then organisational elections,” commented one senior leader present in the meet.
Sonia Gandhi, took over as interim president in 2019 after Rahul Gandhi relinquished his post as the Congress president due to the loss in the central election in 2019. Sonia Gandhi, however, has made it clear that she is not contesting for the post.