Fear of split in Cong forced Sonia as interim president | Wasnik, Scindia, Kharge’s name didn’t get even 1 per cent leaders to agree

Sonia Gandhi

The Hush Post| 9:10 am|one-minute-read|

The fear of a downright split within the Congress party brought Sonia Gandhi back at the helm. And how did it all unfold? When the names of Congress leaders like Mallikarjun Kharge, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Mukul Wasnik were proposed at the sub-group discussions, very few hands came up in agreement.

Worried that there could be a split in party ranks, the Congress fell back on Sonia Gandhi to lead the pack.

Party sources said Sonia was initially unwilling to accept the role of interim President. However, she accepted after party leaders convinced her to take the post to keep the flock together. The party has been facing a serious leadership crisis after the 2019 Lok Sabha election defeat.

Sonia Gandhi was requested to lead the party and help it make a comeback.

Now Sonia will “recast the current committee of party general secretaries” in the coming days.

The sources said that “Sonia Gandhi had led the party for over 19 years and all of us know she is capable of uplifting the morale of the party workers across the country”.

The name of Congress General Secretary and eastern Uttar Pradesh in-charge Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also cropped up during the discussion. However, there is little clarity as to what happened thereafter.

The party source said that Sonia Gandhi’s name was brought in as no consensus could be built on any other name. Subsequently, all the CWC members proposed her name.

“Wasnik’s name, Scindia and Kharge’s names were discussed, but not even one per cent of party leaders were found to be in agreement over there names. It was then that they again asked Sonia to reconsider to take charge as interim President,” the source said.

According to sources, when Rahul Gandhi remained firm on quitting, party leader Ahmed Patel and some other seniors requested Sonia. They had earlier too approached her in May when Rahul had quit, but she had refused.

In the evening on Saturday, they pressed her again, saying the party would split without her leadership. That is when she finally said yes. Even as Sonia tried hard to revive the party, the fact that they have missed a chance of having a non-Gandhi at the helm is a major failure and spells serious trouble for the party.


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