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Sonia re-elected as Chairperson of CPP, asks Congressmen to shun public bickering
Sonia Gandhi was on Saturday re-elected as Chairperson of Congress Parliamentary Party and asked partymen not to bicker in public amid a fierce blame game in the party over its worst electoral defeat which has seen Team Rahul Gandhi coming under attack from a number of leaders.
Addressing a meeting of CPP, she acknowledged there was “widespread anger against us which we failed to adequately gauge” and said “we have to individually and collectively draw the appropriate lessons from this unprecedented setback”.
A resolution passed by the CPP reached out to progressive and secular forces” to present a united opposition and assured other like-minded parties that Congress will extend its cooperation in this regard.
The resolution came at a time when Narendra Modi-led BJP s set to assume power as the only party in the last 30 years to achieve parliamentary majority on its own and Congress’ tally of seats stands reduced to just 44.
The Congress chief, who was made the CPP chief for the fifth time in a row since 1998, asked partymen to avoid “public acrimony” saying their inputs, experience and assessment of the party’s strengths and weaknesses “rather than public acrimony” will be critical to the exercise to draw the right lessons to put the party back on the rail.
Rahul Gandhi, the Congress Vice President, was seated on one of the back benches in the Central Hall of Parliament where the CPP meeting took place.
Sonia asked partymen to understand why they failed to to gauge the anger of the people against the party and “take necessary corrective measures”.
She said while all party MPs are “pained” about the defeat suffered by Congress and flagged the need to reflect, deliberate and debate more.
Asking the partynmen to take strength from the fact that Congress came second with 10.69 crore votes compared to BJP’s 17.16 crore votes, Sonia said “what we have to do now is to work hard to recapture the larger support base that Congress has traditionally enjoyed.”
The resolution passed at the CPP meeting said it expresses the hope that “all progressive and secular forces in arliament will coordinate their strategies effectively so as to present a united and cohesive opposition which is the life-blood of any democracy.
Sonia Gandhi’s name for CPP head was proposed by senior eader Mallikarjun Kharge and seconded by several leaders including Mohsina Kidwai.
Gandhi was first elected as CPP Chairperson on March 16, 1998, at a time when she was not a member of either House of Parliament but had assumed the leadership of Congress after Sitaram Kesri was forced to quit in the wake of the party’s defeat in the general elections.
The CPP meeting today greeted and continued…