Sonia asserts she is Congress’s full-time, hands-on president

Sonia asserts she is Congress’s full-time, hands-on president


The election of the new Congress president will be held between August 21 and September 20 next year.

In a clear message to the reformists or the group of 23 (G-23) letter-writers, who had sought internal reforms in the Congress, party president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday said she was a full-time, hands-on president and there was no need for colleagues to speak to her through the media.

The entire organisation wanted its revival, but it required “unity, discipline, self- control and keeping party’s interest paramount”, she stated at her opening remarks at the Congress Working Committee (CWC).

 

Her comments is a direct rebuttal of senior leader Kapil Sibal’s remarks that “in our party, at the moment, there is no president”.

Senior G-23 members such as Shashi Tharoor had talked about need for a permanent president to revive the party.

Congress chief election in Aug-Sept, 2022

The party announced the election of the new Congress president will be held between August 21 and September 20 next year, and also approved the schedule for organisational polls at various levels.

After a nearly five-hour-long meeting of the CWC, Congress general secretary (oganisation) K C Venugopal announced the election schedule which includes a massive membership drive for the polls starting from November 1, 2021 and will go on till March 31, 2022.

Mr. Venugopal also stated that election of PCC presidents, vice presidents, treasurers, PCC executives and AICC members by PCC general body will be held between July 21-August 20, 2022.

Election of Congress president will be held between August 21-September 20, 2022, he said.

“I am, if you will allow me to say so, a full-time and hands on Congress president,” Ms. Gandhi observed. In the past two years, a large number of young colleagues have taken leadership roles in taking party policies and programmes to the people, she asserted.

 

“I have always appreciated frankness. There is no need to speak to me through the media. So let us all have a free and honest discussion . But what should get communicated outside the four walls of this room is the collective decision of the CWC,” she noted.

Talking about the party’s revival, a key theme raised by the G-23, she said, “The entire organisation wants a revival of the Congress. But this requires unity and keeping the Party’s interests paramount. Above all, it requires self-control and discipline”.

‘Issues have been addressed’

Be it the farmers’ agitation, relief provision during the pandemic, issues concerning youth and women, atrocities on Dalits, Adivasis and minorities, price rise, and the destruction of the public sector, the Congress chief pointed out the party had never shied away from raising issues of public importance.

 

“Never have we let issues of public importance and concern go unaddressed. You are aware that I have been taking them up with the Prime Minister as have Dr. Manmohan Singh and Rahul ji. I have been interacting with like-minded political parties regularly. We have issued joint statements on national issues and coordinated our strategy in Parliament as well,” she remarked.

In her opening remarks, Ms. Gandhi also spoke about the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, the farmers’ agitation, inflation, foreign policy and the continuing border stand-off with China, targeted killing in Jammu and Kashmir and the disinvestment process.

(With PTI inputs)



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