Sonia to party: Stop bickering in public

Says Cong failed to gauge ‘widespread anger’ against party

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:May 25, 2014 2:10 am

Amid a war of words in the Congress triggered by Milind Deora’s attack on Rahul Gandhi’s core team of advisers, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi Saturday stepped in, calling for an end to the “public acrimony” but accepted the party could not gauge the “wide-spread anger” against it. The party, on its part, rallied behind the Nehru-Gandhi family, electing Sonia as chairperson of the Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP), saying it will “regroup, rebuild and revive” under Sonia and Rahul’s leadership.

The CPP, which met for the first time after the elections, passed a resolution expressing gratitude to both Sonia and Rahul for their “indefatigable election campaign across the country” and asserted “electoral setbacks cannot obscure their contributions”.

Like the Congress Working Committee, the CPP too lavished praise on outgoing PM Manmohan Singh for providing “wise, sober and dignified leadership for a decade” besides Sonia and Rahul, absolving them of any blame.

Sonia told the newly elected MPs to participate in a soul-searching exercise and, referring to the rumblings in the party, said “your inputs, your experience and your assessment of our strengths and weaknesses — rather than public acrimony — will be critical to that exercise”.

Sonia also indicated the party will be an aggressive opposition and reached out to parties in the opposition for floor coordination to take on the Narendra Modi government. “We can and will work together with like-minded parties to strengthen the watchful role of the parliamentary opposition,” she said.

The CPP resolution was more to the point as it hoped “all progressive and secular forces in Parliament will coordinate their strategies effectively so as to present a united and cohesive opposition”.

Sonia said the UPA government did not get the support of the main opposition and some other parties in passing crucial legislations. “In fact, opposition to some bills was not based on any principle or argument, but simply on cussedness and outright political opportunism… The legislative agenda that we placed before the 15th Lok Sabha remains pending and cannot be ignored. We shall wait and see what will be the attitude of the new government on the pending bills,” she said at the meeting, which ended in about 20 minutes.

There is still no word on who will be the Leaders of the Opposition in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. While the CPP authorised Sonia to decide on the Leaders of the Opposition, a strong view is emerging in the party that either she or Rahul should occupy the post in the Lower House.

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  1. H
    May 25, 2014 at 10:19 am
    Why not Mani Shankar or Digvijay Singh??
  2. G
    May 25, 2014 at 1:01 pm
    I love this part of the news report "The CPP, which met for the first time after the elections, ped a resolution expressing graude to both Sonia and Rahul for their “indefatigable election campaign across the country” and erted “electoral setbacks cannot obscure their contributions”. Beauty isn't it!!!!!!
  3. G
    May 25, 2014 at 1:13 pm
    Please please try to understand Mathew!! I was so happy that both Sonia and Rahul won (they were the only from Congress who won in UP) because this almost ensures that Narendra Modi will win again in 2019. He needs at least 10 years to change India completely. Neither of the two have any education, any job experience or any deep knowledge of India. Congress Party they are the best people to lead your party!!!!!
  4. G
    May 25, 2014 at 1:05 pm
    Yes, Digvijay Singh would be great. Isn't he the person who appear to have started an affair when he was still married with a married media person and then tried to hide it.
  5. L
    May 25, 2014 at 5:20 am
    There are no Leaders in this country to take over Congress Helm ?
  6. M
    May 25, 2014 at 12:45 am
    By electing Sonia hi as their leader, the Congress party is trying to dig up deeper and deeper for themselves! Are there no one else in India to lead a party??Mathew
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