The Congress leadership has started the exercise of reaching out to the disgruntled ‘G23’ faction of the party and listening to their side and under this, former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Thursday met Rahul Gandhi and the group’s key member Ghulam Nabi Azad can meet party president Sonia Gandhi today.
Sources associated with the ‘G23’ group say that these leaders have discussed the steps which they believe are necessary to strengthen the Congress. He also decided that he would convey his stand to the leadership that his intention was only to strengthen the organization of the party so that the ‘idea of India’ could be saved as only Congress could do it. ‘
A day after the leaders of the ‘G23’ group demanded a “collective and inclusive leadership” in the party, its member Hooda on Thursday met former party president Rahul Gandhi. Sources say that during his meeting with Rahul Gandhi, which lasted for more than an hour, discussions were held regarding the results of the recent assembly elections and strengthening the party. Rahul Gandhi had called Hooda to discuss the political situation in Haryana.
A day before this, the leaders of ‘G23’ had a meeting over dinner. Hooda is also a member of the ‘G23’ group which has been demanding organizational change and collective leadership in the party. Hooda’s meeting with Rahul Gandhi is also being seen as an attempt by the Gandhi family to reach out to the leaders of the group and hear their side.
News agency PTI quoted sources as saying that Sonia Gandhi contacted Azad on Wednesday and he is likely to meet Sonia Gandhi on Friday. Sources also said that Hooda has told Rahul Gandhi that the leaders of this group do not want any post, but are advising them to strengthen the party. It has also come to the fore that Hooda told Rahul Gandhi that any action against Kapil Sibal would not be acceptable to ‘G23’ as Sibal had only talked about strengthening the Congress.
Sibal had said in an interview recently that the Gandhi family should give up the leadership of the Congress and give a chance to another leader. After this, some leaders considered close to the Gandhi family had demanded action against Sibal. Chhattisgarh Health Minister T.S. Singhdev has been added. Singhdev has tweeted that he should be expelled from the party for making public his personal and unpleasant opinion against the decision of the Congress Working Committee (CWC).
After meeting Rahul Gandhi, Hooda met senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad at his residence. Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma also reached Azad’s residence and attended the meeting. Later Sibal also reached Azad’s residence. Azad, Sibal and Sharma are also part of the ‘G23’ group. It is believed that these leaders have discussed the strategy ahead in the background of the meeting held on Wednesday. The leaders of the ‘G23’ group of Congress met at a dinner on Wednesday to discuss the results of the recent assembly elections and said that the only way forward for the party is to have a system of collective and inclusive leadership.
He had also said in a statement that talks should be initiated with like-minded parties to present a credible alternative for the next Lok Sabha elections.
Kapil Sibal, Anand Sharma, Manish Tewari, Shashi Tharoor, Shankar Singh Vaghela, Akhilesh Prasad Singh, Sandeep Dixit, Vivek Tankha, Prithviraj Chavan, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Raj Babbar attended the meeting held at the residence of former Rajya Sabha Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad. , Mani Shankar Iyer, P.J. Kurien, Rajendra Kaur Bhattal, Kuldeep Sharma, Preneet Kaur and M.A. Khan was involved.