The power crisis in the Congress party looms large as interim president Sonia Gandhi has asked the party to elect a replacement at the earliest as she is keen on resigning from her post.
Sonia Gandhi had written a letter to the party which was followed by an urgent meeting of the party’s Working Committee a day after, where 23 top leaders call for “a full-time, visible leadership.”
The meeting headed by Congress leader KC Venugopal was called to “discuss urgent matters” in which Sonia Gandhi’s letter was read out. In the letter, she was asking the party to start the process of looking for her replacement. The letter, demanding “collective decision-making”, brought into question the leadership of the Gandhis, who has spearheaded the Congress for much of its 134-year history.
Sonia Gandhi, who is currently working as the interim president after Rahul Gandhi had stepped down last year owing to the debacle in the general elections, has asked the party to pick a non-Gandhi this time.
However, if Rahul refuses to be the interim president at this time, she will have to continue for more time on the post until the party holds an election. It’s been 15 months since Rahul has quit the party leadership and there is a great void in the party lacking a steely leader. Dissents have become an everyday affair in the party and loyalists have defected to the opposition camp.
A decision might be arrived at in today’s CWC meeting to put an end to this leadership crisis within the Congress party.
The general sentiment in the meeting is that no non-Gandhi will lead the party ever. Allegiance to the Gandhi family is strongly felt within party workers of the Congress.
The tumult within the party regarding the leadership could be seen at the party meeting.