Ahead of CWC meeting, Sonia expresses desire to step down as Cong chief, says party should get together & find new Chief

New Delhi, Aug 23.  Ahead of the meeting of the Congress Working Committee on Monday, Mrs Sonia Gandhi on Sunday expressed her desire to quit as Party chief and asked party leaders to get together and elect a new party chief, party sources said. Sources said that responding to a letter ritten by a group of party leaders, who sought a complete overhaul of the organisation, Mrs Gandhi said she does not want to carry out the responsibilities of party chief any further and asked party leaders to get together to select a new party chief. Congress Working Committee (CWC) had on August 10 requested Mrs Sonia Gandhi to assume the reins of the organisation after Rahul quit as Congress chief and refused to withdraw his  resignation. n their letter to Mrs Gandhi, 23 senior leaders of the Congress, including former Chief Ministers, many Congress Working Committee members, sitting MPs, and several former Union Ministers, had called for sweeping changes, from top to bottom. In the letter, the party leaders expressed concern on the erosion of the support base of the party. Sources said that the signatories to the letter include Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, former Union Ministers Anand Sharma, Kapil Sibal, Manish Tewari, Shashi Tharoor; MP Vivek Tankha; AICC office bearers and CWC members including Mukul Wasnik
and Jitin Prasada and former Chief Ministers and Union Ministers including Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Rajender Kaur Bhattal, M Veerappa Moily, Prithviraj Chavan, P J Kurian, Ajay Singh, Renuka Chaudhary, and Milind Deora; former PCC chiefs Raj Babbar (UP), Arvinder Singh Lovely (Delhi) and Kaul Singh Thakur (Himachal); current Bihar campaign chief Akhilesh Prasad Singh, former Haryana Speaker Kuldeep Sharma; former Delhi Speaker Yoganand
Shastri and former MP Sandeep Dixit. Their letter calls for a sweeping range of reforms, decentralisation of power, empowerment of state units, elections to the Congress organisation at all levels, from the block to the CWC and
the urgent constitution of a Central parliamentary board. The leaders, it is learnt, have pointed out that the “uncertainty” over the leadership and the “drift” in the party had demoralised workers and weakened the party. Importantly, they are learnt to have said that the CWC is not “effectively guiding” the party anymore in mobilising
public opinion against the BJP government. Senior Party leader Ashok Gehlot, however, termed the letter by the party leaders as unfortunate and said that he believes Sonia Gandhi should continue to lead the party at this crucial juncture. News of 23 senior most Congress leaders writing letter to Hon’ble CP is unbelievable and if it is
true – it’s very unfortunate was no need to go in media I strongly believe that Hon’ble CP Sonia Gandhi ji should continue to lead the party at this crucial juncture where the fight is to save the ethos of our Democracy. She has always taken challenges head on. But if she has made up her.Ahead of CWC meeting, Sonia expresses desire to step down as Cong chief, says party should get together & find new chief ahead-of-cwc-meeting-sonia-expresses-desire-to-step-down-as-cong-chief-says-party-should-get-together-find-new-chief/india… 2/3 mind -I believe Rahul Gandhi should come ahead and be the Congress President as country faces the biggest challenge to save our Constitution -Democracy,’ Gehlot said. . On 10 August, Mrs Gandhi completed one year as interim Congress chief. Congress had then said that she would continue till the process for electing the party president gets implemented. In the last few months, there has been a renewed demand from several quarters for bringing back Rahul Gandhi as the Congress chief given the fact that he has, in the last one year, constantly taken on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP government at the centre on various issues like a massive downturn in the economy, rising unemployment, mismanagement of the Covid crisis, the failure of the Modi government to prevent Chinese intrusion in the Indian
territory and alleged irregularities in the deal for Rafale fighter aircraft. Though, an year ago, Rahul Gandhi had insisted that no member of the Gandhi family would assume the post of party chief, many in the party feel that in the current situation, it is only a young leader like Rahul Gandhi who can take on the Modi Government given the fact that he has relentlessly attacked the PM and the BJP on various issues. The renewed pitch for Rahul as party
chief comes after the significant role played by him in resolving the longstanding crisis faced by the Congress Party in Rajasthan after a meeting with party rebel Sachin Pilot. Sources said that the meeting of the CWC is likely to witness a heated discussion on the issue of an overhaul of the national leadership and need for a more robust strategy to take on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Union government