Congress President election after state polls, Decision after row at meet

New Delhi/Jan,22: A new Congress president will be elected after five state elections due by May, it was decided at a top party meeting today after an argument between two groups during which Rahul Gandhi said: “Once and for all, finish it and move on.”
At a meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), senior leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Mukul Wasnik and P Chidambaram reportedly asked for immediate organisational polls. They are among the Congress leaders who have raised uncomfortable questions over the party’s leadership and management after multiple election defeats.
Ranged against them were the so-called Gandhi loyalists — Ashok Gehlot, Amarinder Singh, AK Antony, Tariq Anwar and Oommen Chandy, who said the Congress president’s election should be held after polls in five states including Bengal and Tamil Nadu. One leader commented: “Whose agenda are we working towards? The BJP doesn’t talk about internal elections like our party? The first priority is to fight the state elections then organisational elections.” Finally, the second group prevailed. The schedule, however, is only for the election of Congress President and Sonia Gandhi will take the final decision, say leaders.
The next Congress president will be chosen at a time the leadership of the Gandhis has come under unprecedented scrutiny and attacks within. Sonia Gandhi, who took over as interim president in 2019 after her son Rahul Gandhi stepped down over the Congress’s national election drubbing in 2019, has made it clear that she is not in the running.

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