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Talks on to find Congress Chief from loyalists' shortlist

There is still no formal word about the timing of the CWC meeting to elect the next President.

, ET Bureau|
Jul 10, 2019, 09.14 AM IST
New Delhi: Congress circles are undergoing a palpable sense of distrust, dejection and anger as the party continues its headless journey without direction following the mess created in the aftermath of Rahul Gandhi's resignation.

There is still no formal word about the timing of the CWC meeting to elect the next president, even as some party members wonder whether Gandhi is serious about quitting or interested in reigning through a proxy successor. Informal discussions are on to reach a decision on the new president from a shortlist of party loyalists before holding a formal CWC meeting without drama. While some young leaders, projecting themselves as members of ‘team Rahul’ have been blaming senior leaders and stressing the need to get rid of them, many senior leaders have started informally reeling out a list of younger leaders who have miserably lost the polls and have failed in organisational duties in many states.”

The drift in the leadership saw once-influential AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi breaking his silence after his ejection from CWC. In an interaction with select media persons, Dwivedi recollected how party chief Sonia Gandhi rebuffed him when he favoured reservations based on economic backwardness but later all opposition parties “sat in silence” in Parliament when the BJP government passed the EWS quota bill. He also said Congress “scoffed at him” when he underlined the “Bharatiyata concept” and pointed out how nationalism became a poll issue this time. Some leaders said Dwivedi’s comments were a reflection of simmering anger in Congress and outside over the party’s practice of “discrimination” against upper caste leaders and “appeasement” of Dalits and minorities.

Dwivedi welcomed the spirit behind Rahul’s resignation and said CWC should have set up a formal mechanism for electing the new “interim president” than some leaders now holding “informal discussions towards that.” He backed generational shift in Congress leadership, lamented “some leaders never leave”. However, some leaders argued Dwivedi was merely registering his presence and airing his anger on being ousted from the system.

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