In a meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) on Friday, a heated exchange of words was expressed between Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and senior leader Anand Sharma regarding the party's internal elections. According to a party source, there were noises between the two senior Congress leaders. Sharma, Ghulam Nabi Azad and P. Chidambaram raised the issue of election for the post of CWC in the meeting.
After the election issue, Gehlot attacked the dissidents without naming them and said that some party leaders keep demanding organizational elections instead of discussing how to deal with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The source also said that the Chief Minister of Rajasthan said during this time that the leaders of the party were wasting time discussing irrelevant issues like organizational elections.
Gehlot said, "We should leave the case and its decisions to the party president." He asked the party leaders the question, "Do you believe in the party leadership (Sonia Gandhi) or not?" Gehlot had the support of senior party leader Ambika Soni, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, Tariq Anwar and former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.
Rahul Gandhi pacified both leaders
Taking a dig at Gehlot, Sharma said that some members of the party keep insulting senior leaders. After a verbal dispute between senior leaders, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi intervened to calm the two groups. However, at a press conference, party leaders said that there has been no such verbal dispute in the CWC. The CWC is the highest policy formulation unit of the Congress.
'Congress will have an elected president by June'
After the CWC meeting, Congress General Secretary (Organization) K.K. C. Venugopal said that the party will have an elected president by June this year at any cost. Addressing a press conference after the three-and-a-half-hour meeting, Venugopal said, "The CWC discussed the organizational elections to be held in May, but the CWC members unanimously requested the interim chief Sonia Gandhi that the party elections be held in the coming months. In many states assembly elections should not be held.
He said that CWC members requested to reschedule the organizational elections. At the same time, the national media in-charge of the Congress, Randeep Singh Surjewala said, "Do not misunderstand and ignore the rumors." Surjewala said in a press conference, "The leaders whose names have been taken are not dissatisfied. He is our respected leader and he is a member of our family. And we are all unanimous that the party election program be postponed for a month. "
'No big debate in CWC'
Regarding the alleged debate between senior leaders on the issue of organizational elections, Venugopal said, “There has been no major debate in the CWC. We will conduct the party elections according to its constitution and its schedule will be released very soon. ” "Due to the assembly elections (in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Assam, West Bengal, and Puducherry), some changes in the schedule were needed and this was considered," he said. Venugopal said that the party will announce the election schedule accordingly.