First, it was the letter written by 23 senior Congress leaders to her asking for major changes in the party, but now Sonia Gandhi has given it back with a snub to the dissenters in both Houses of Parliament.
MP Gaurav Gogoi, son of former CM of Assam and two-term MP was appointed deputy to legislature party Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury while Ludhiana MP Ravneet Singh Bittu is the chief whip.
Another dissenter who was ignored is Anandpur Sahib MP Manish Tiwari who is a two-term MP. He is much senior to Gaurav Gogoi. He was also the president of NSUI and Youth Congress and a former Union Minister.
“Manish (Tiwari) could have come in at least as the deputy leader (in Lok Sabha),” mentioned a senior Congress leader. He also stated that even Shashi Tharoor who is a three-time MP– also a dissident had been given a cold shoulder. However, Tharoor “couldn’t have come in since K Suresh, who is also from Kerala, is there”.
Another similar group has been created in Lok Sabha with Chowdhury, deputy leader Gogoi, Chief Whip Suresh, and Whip Bittu, Manickam Tagore, another Rahul loyalist.
AICC general secretary (Organisation) KC Venugopal has become part of a new five-member decision-making group. While in Rajya Sabha, who was part of the 23 dissidents, Ghulam Nabi Azad, is the party’s leader.
“As Chairperson of the CPP, I have decided to constitute the… groups to facilitate and ensure the effective functioning of our party in both Houses of Parliament. These groups will meet daily during the session and can meet during the intersession periods as well where Parliament issues are concerned. Joint meetings can be convened as and when needed,” said Sonia Gandhi.