Let­ter-writ­ers may have lost up­per hand af­ter leak

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - News - Saub­hadra Chat­terji

NEWDELHI: Se­nior Congress lead­ers who called for an over­haul of the party or­gan­i­sa­tion may have aimed at ex­pos­ing how Rahul Gandhi’s loy­al­ists were al­legedly try­ing to run the party, but a leak of the let­ter they wrote to So­nia Gandhi turned the ta­bles. They lost the ad­van­tage they gained at a July 30 meet­ing with So­nia Gandhi and Ra­jya Sabha mem­bers of the party.

Their key de­mand this time, ac­cord­ing to the let­ter, was for a “full-time and ef­fec­tive” lead­er­ship that is “vis­i­ble” and “ac­tive”.

Sig­na­to­ries to the let­ter, in­clud­ing Ghu­lam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma, came un­der in­tense attack from col­leagues at Mon­day’s meet­ing of the Congress Work­ing Com­mit­tee (CWC), which ended with the party reaf­firm­ing its faith in the lead­er­ship of So­nia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.

A resolution adopted by the CWC, too, con­tained a sharp ref­er­ence. “No one will be or can be per­mit­ted to un­der­mine or weaken the party and its lead­er­ship at this junc­ture,” the resolution said.

Se­nior lead­ers who were sig­na­to­ries to the let­ter cited sev­eral rea­sons why they had been “com­pelled” to write it, in­clud­ing dif­fi­cul­ties in get­ting ap­point­ments with the party’s top brass.

One leader said on con­di­tion of anonymity that in the in­ter­nal What­sapp group of Congress lead­ers, any sug­ges­tion for a re­view of the party’s func­tion­ing or de­tailed dis­cus­sions are met with at­tacks by at least two MPS.

He added that some lead­ers have also won­dered why one gen­eral sec­re­tary, con­sid­ered to be close to Rahul Gandhi, is present in sev­eral key pan­els. He did not name the leader.

Some se­nior lead­ers were also got frus­trated at the de­lay in shuf­fling state or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“Many key ap­point­ments are held back. There is no clar­ity on how the or­gan­i­sa­tion was work­ing and there was no con­sul­ta­tion with se­nior lead­ers,” said a sig­na­tory to the let­ter.

But while this sec­tion was suc­cess­ful in get­ting their agenda dis­cussed in the meet­ing, sev­eral party in­sid­ers said the let­ter turned the tide against them.

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