Does Sonia Gandhi disclose who is the full-time president of the Congress party?

New Delhi: In the national capital, Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting was held under the chairmanship of Sonia Gandhi today amid the turmoil in the Congress. Even without naming those Congress leaders demanding a full-time president, Sonia Gandhi responded by saying that she is the permanent president of the Congress. In this meeting being held in view of the elections in the Congress President and the organization, Sonia Gandhi in her opening remarks said that every member of the Congress wants the revival of the party but for this unity and the interests of the party need to be kept supreme. He also asked the party leaders to exercise self-control and discipline.

The meeting of the CWC started at 10 am today.

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In a veiled attack on the 'G-23' faction, a group of rebel leaders, Sonia Gandhi said that I am a full-time and practical Congress President. I have always appreciated clarity, there is no need to talk to me through the media; Let us all have an honest discussion. Regarding the organizational elections and the election of the President, Sonia Gandhi said that we had finalized the roadmap for the election of the regular Congress chief by June 30, but due to the second wave of Corona, the deadline was extended indefinitely. Today is forever an opportunity to bring clarity.

In the meeting on the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, Sonia Gandhi said that the shocking incidents of Lakhimpur-Kheri recently show the mindset of the BJP that how it views the farmers' movement. It shows how BJP is dealing with this steadfast struggle by farmers to protect their lives and livelihoods. Please note that this meeting is still ongoing.

Sources say that in this meeting the assembly elections to be held in five states after a few months, the current political situation as well as the incident of Lakhimpur Kheri, farmers' agitation, unemployment, inflation and economic situation can be discussed and some resolutions also passed. Former party president Rahul Gandhi, general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Channi and many other leaders are present in the meeting chaired by Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

Although this meeting has been called to discuss many different issues. However, the meeting is taking place in the backdrop of demands from leaders of the 'G23' group of Congress for dialogue within the party and several leaders quitting the party in recent months. Recently, senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Kapil Sibal had demanded to convene a meeting of the CWC. Azad had written a letter to Sonia Gandhi urging her to convene an immediate meeting of the Congress Working Committee to discuss matters related to the party.

Sibal had also raised questions on the party leadership in the recent days amid the ruckus in the party's Punjab unit and said that a meeting of the Congress Working Committee should be called to discuss the situation and organizational elections should be held.

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The CWC meeting is being held at a time when senior leaders like Sushmita Dev, Jitin Prasada, Luizinho Faleiro and many others have left the Congress and joined other parties in the last few months. The Congress Working Committee meeting is also important in the sense that the election of the party president is long overdue. The election of the Speaker was postponed a few months ago due to the coronavirus pandemic, which was earlier proposed in the month of June. Sources say that in this meeting of the CWC, a date or framework can be finalized regarding the election of Congress President. Congress sources also said that the meeting will also discuss the preparations for the assembly elections to be held in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur early next year.

Taking responsibility for the defeat after the Lok Sabha elections, Rahul Gandhi resigned from the post of Congress party president. Since then no permanent president has been elected. Sonia Gandhi has remained the working president since then. Today she made it more clear that she is the president of the Congress party when she said, “I am the permanent president of the party”. 

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