Will quit Congress if found colluding with BJP: Ghulam Nabi Azad

Will quit Congress if found colluding with BJP: Ghulam Nabi Azad

Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday questioned the timing of demand for a change in party leadership at the crucial Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting and accused dissenting groups within the party of colluding with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Taking a tough stand on the leaked letter demanding a change party’s organizational structure including a new president, Gandhi reprimanded the ‘dissenters’ at the CWC meeting and said he is “deeply hurt”.

During the crucial Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting, Gandhi asked, “Why was the letter (over party leadership) sent at a time when Sonia Gandhi was admitted in the hospital?”

The senior Congress leaders comment comes at a time when the party finds itself in the midst of a growing internal crisis.

The letter Rahul Gandhi spoke about was reportedly written by 23 Congress leaders and addressed to the party’s interim president Sonia Gandhi. In the letter, the leaders demanded a change in Congress leadership including a shift in the party’s internal organizational structure.

Soon after the CWC meeting began, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi offered to resign as party chief and asked the party’s workers to start the process to find a new president.

While some leaders like Manmohan Singh and AK Antony urged Sonia Gandhi to continue as party chief, some other leaders asked Rahul Gandhi to take over as part chief. Gandhi had resigned as the president of the Congress party after the party’s humiliating loss in the 2019 general elections.

Suspended Congress leader Sanjay Jha tweeted: “Dear Rahul Ji, if we are colluding with the BJP, then Boris Johnson is a fairness cream.”

Interim Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday offered to quit, asking the Congress Working Committee to initiate the process for selecting a new party chief.

At the CWC meet, called in the wake of a section of leaders seeking a "full time and visible" Congress president, Sonia Gandhi made the offer to quit saying she had given a detailed reply on the issue to AICC general secretary K C Venugopal.

Sources said Sonia Gandhi referred to Azad and others twice during her brief address and the issues raised by them.