The Congress Working Committee on Friday decided that there will be a new elected Congress president in June 2021 after a meeting of the party’s top decision-making body. At the CWC meeting, senior leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Mukul Wasnik and P. Chidambaram, who had earlier raised uncomfortable questions over the party’s leadership and management in recent months after multiple election defeats, reportedly asked for immediate organisational polls.
Raising his voice when the two groups got into a debate over party leadership at the meeting, Rahul Gandhi urged the party chief to elect Congress president and move on.
Criticising the group of 23 Congress rebels at CWC meeting, Gandhi loyalists including Ashok Gehlot, Amarinder Singh, AK Antony, Tariq Anwar and Oommen Chandy decided that the Congress president’s election should be held after polls in five states including Bengal and Tamil Nadu.
Addressing a joint press conference, Congress leaders K.C. Venugopal and Randeep Surjewala said elections to the CWC will also be held but it remains to be seen whether they can be scheduled before or after the election to the Congress chief’s post.
The CWC also passed three resolutions demanding to repeal three farm laws, a time-bound Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the alleged violations of national security and Official Secrets Act and another to ensure that the government ensures free time-bound Covid-19 vaccination for the poor and oppressed sections.
Last year in August, at CWC meeting, Sonia Gandhi was asked to continue as interim chief for the next six months. The CWC had resolved to conduct internal polls by February to appoint a new president and resolve the stalemate after Rahul Gandhi’s resignation as party chief in 2019. Following which, Sonia Gandhi took over as interim president in 2019 after her son Rahul Gandhi stepped down as a party chief in 2019, has made it clear that she is not in the running.
The party’s inability to look beyond the Gandhi’s has been suffering its worst time and has cost it defeat election after election. As of now, the top position still remains with Sonia Gandhi as the party gears up for upcoming assembly elections in five states.
The party, however, has been in a state of confusion over the leadership post Rahul Gandhi’s resignation as party chief in 2019.