Ahead of CWC meet, Cong divided over Rahul still
The Congress, which is divided on the issue of replacing party president Sonia Gandhi with her son and party’s vice-president Rahul Gandhi, prepares for the crucial the Congress Working Committee (CWC) to be held on Tuesday. The meeting convened by Sonia Gandhi comes at a precarious time with rebellion taking place in the party across various states. The CWC meeting is the most important party meeting to take place before the AICC meeting in March-April which will ratify the action plan prepared after consultation at the grass-roots for the revival of the party.
The CWC meeting is expected to deliberate on the roadmap to revamp the party in the wake of its worst disaster in the Lok Sabha polls. Meanwhile, revolt in various parts of the regional units of the party is out in the open now. Ranging from Punjab, Maharashtra, Asaam, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesha, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh and several other states are facing similar problems.
The party faces the prospect of former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh quitting, as he has conveyed to the leadership that his demand for ouster of state unit chief Partap Singh Bajwa was non-negotiable. Despite the ongoing tension and rebellion, the party high command remains mum on the issue. Several leaders from these states have meet both Rahul and Sonia regarding this issue, but no action till now has been taken on it.
Elections have concluded in Haryana, but the party unit in the state is unhappy with former chief minister and senior leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda. Sources said that Haryana leader and former union minister Kumari Selja has in fact even complained about Hooda to Sonia. In Uttar Pradesh, several party leaders and workers are unhappy and upset with state president Nirmal Khatri’s functioning. On the other hand, senior party leaders and former union ministers - Beni Prasad Verma and Sriprakash Jaiswal - are upset with the appointment of PL Punia’s nomination to Rajya Sabha.