All is not well within the Congress party. After the letter episode it seems battlelines have been drawn among the so-called luyalists and dissenters. Though Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi had confirmed that there would be no ill-will towards those who had written the letter asking for organisational elections and revamp of the party. However, the recent formation of committees showed that the so-called dissenters have been sidelined in the party.
On the other hand signatories of the letter are still waiting for the party high command to take constructive steps towards restructuring of party setup. One of the signatories said, We are no more in a position to say that Rahul Gandhi will be able to lead the party and help us get 400 seats in 2024. We must realise that in two Lok Sabha elections in 2014 and 2019, the party hasn’t been able to get the required seats.
In recent months, there have been growing calls for Rahul Gandhi to return as Congress chief. Rahul had quit after the 2019 election debacle and two months later his mother Sonia Gandhi returned as interim chief.
Asserting that the battle is not about individuals but about issues, a signatory of the letter reiterated his commitment to the party and said helping build an alternative narrative based on the sound constitutional values will help the Congress.
According to him, most of the letter-writers say that being in politics for a long time, they are committed to the party and have the highest regard for Sonia Gandhi. They say the issues that have been raised will help the party survive and succeed in taking on the BJP.
On whether they have been side-lined by the party’s new parliamentary line-up, the letter-writers say too much is being read into it. The committee existed earlier too and the only new thing is the addition of Jairam Ramesh as chief whip; P Chidambaram as chairman of the ordinances committee will also be part of the committee, they said.
The letter-writers say they will continue to meet and discuss their concerns and are focused on raising them despite “loyalists and sycophants” attacking them and building a narrative that Rahul Gandhi is a natural leader.