Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s technique session together with her get together’s 40 Rajya Sabha MPs changed into one other “Carry again Rahul Gandhi” session, reflecting its longstanding religion within the Nehru-Gandhi management. The decision to have Mr Gandhi again on the high put up got here as a piece of get together veterans together with Kapil Sibal and Shashi Tharoor questioned the management because the get together faces its worst ever decline.
Within the latest months, it has misplaced one of many three heartland states it gained in 2018, and is battling a disaster in one other as Mr Gandhi’s closest aide Jyotiraditya Scindia defected to the BJP and probably the most promising younger leaders, Sachin Pilot, rebelled.
Most leaders who attended right now’s session — together with KC Venugopal, Rajeev Satav, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, G C Chandrashekher — reiterated that the get together wants rebuilding and it may be finest achieved by the 49-year-old on the helm.
Mrs Gandhi’s shut aide Ahmed Patel requested for a mix of kids in addition to seniors, within the management roles — a formulation that backfired in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. The variations between the outdated guard and the brand new have saved the get together divided since Rahul Gandhi was made the get together common secretary in 2007.
In March, Jyotiraditya Scindia walked over to the BJP with 22 aides, bringing down the Kamal Nath authorities in Madhya Pradesh. In Rajasthan, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is battling to avoid wasting his authorities as Sachin Pilot and 18 MLAs loyal to him have damaged ranks with the get together. Each leaders complained of being mistreated and sidelined by their bosses.
The rift confirmed up it its sharpest when Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, the previous boss of Sachin Pilot, spoke up in opposition to younger leaders with “good-looking faces” who spoke “good English”.
At this time, a number of MPs together with Dijivijaya Singh mentioned in states like Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, the “group” has been hijacked by leaders like Mr Scindia and Mr Pilot and it must be rebuilt from scratch. “These kids have been given an excessive amount of too quickly and have not had the run of the mill,” mentioned sources near Mr Singh.
Mr Gandhi, who has been largely silent concerning the troubles within the get together, didn’t attend the session. Sonia Gandhi gave a listening to to the calls for, however didn’t remark.
Earlier than quitting the get together’s high job in July final 12 months following its decimation within the Lok Sabha polls, Mr Gandhi made it clear that neither he nor any member of his household would take cost of the get together. In a number of inner conferences, he mentioned his mom Sonia Gandhi or sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra shouldn’t be roped into the highest job.
However subsequently, Sonia Gandhi, who had taken a back-seat for the final a number of years in view of her well being, was persuaded to take up the reins because the get together’s interim president.