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Congress Working Committee Meeting: ‘Unanimously resolved to strengthen hands of Sonia, Rahul Gandhi’

Congress Working Committee (CWC) Meeting Today Live News Updates: During the meeting, interim chief Sonia Gandhi asked the CWC to begin deliberations to begin the process of "transition" to relieve her from her duties.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 25, 2020 8:47:21 am
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Congress Working Committee (CWC) Meeting Updates: After a seven-hour-long stormy CWC meeting on Monday, senior Congress leaders K C Venugopal and Randeep Surjewala briefed the media on the resolution adopted by the panel in the meeting. In the resolution, CWC  hailed Sonia and Rahul Gandhi for being the “two voices” in the forefront of exposing central government’s “inadequate responses” to the crises the nation faced in the past six  months. “The CWC, reflecting the overwhelming view and desire of the rank and file of the Congress, unanimously resolved to strengthen the hands of Smt Sonia Gandhi and Shri Rahul Gandhi in every possible way,” the resolution read.

Sonia Gandhi will continue as the interim Congress president till a new chief is elected in an AICC session, which will be convened as and when the situation permits, the party decided at the end the meeting. In her concluding remarks, Gandhi said she did not hold anything against those who have written the letter to her. “Let’s move ahead,” she is learnt to have said. Gandhi had, in the meeting, offered to quit the post asking the committee to initiate the process of electing a new chief to the party.

Hours after high drama unfolded in Congress Working Committee meeting over Rahul Gandhi’s purported remark, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad clarified that Gandhi never said the letter by 23 party leaders was written at behest of or in collusion with BJP. Congress leader Kapil Sibal had also expressed displeasure over former president Rahul Gandhi’s purported remark that the 23 dissident leaders, who had written to interim chief Sonia Gandhi on the leadership crisis, were “colluding with BJP”. However, the senior advocate later withdrew his statement following a clarification from Rahul.

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20:22 (IST)24 Aug 2020
CWC authorises Sonia Gandhi to effect necessary organisational changes

The CWC also authorised Sonia Gandhi to effect necessary organisational changes to take on various challenges before the party. The CWC also resolved that inner-party issues cannot be deliberated through media or in public fora and all such issues must be raised within the party "in the interest of propriety and discipline".

19:42 (IST)24 Aug 2020
Full text: Resolution adopted in Congress Working Committee meeting

In a seven-hour-long stormy Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting on Monday, it was decided that Sonia Gandhi will continue as the interim Congress president till a new chief is elected in an AICC session, which will be convened as and when the situation permits. Read the full text of the resolution adopted in Congress Working Committee meeting.

19:37 (IST)24 Aug 2020
CWC unanimously resolved to strengthen hands of Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi: Congress

"The CWC, reflecting the overwhelming view and desire of the rank and file of the Congress, unanimously resolved to strengthen the hands of Smt. Sonia Gandhi and Shri. Rahul Gandhi in every possible way," said Congress leader K C Venugopal in the press briefing after CWC meet.

19:18 (IST)24 Aug 2020
Sonia Gandhi’s hard questions on handling of migrants’ crisis put govt to shame: Venugopal

Venugopal continued: "The two voices that have been at the forefront of exposing the Government’s inadequate responses, divisive politics and audacious propaganda are of Smt Sonia Gandhi and Shri Rahul Gandhi." He said Sonia Gandhi’s hard questions on the handling of the migrants’ crisis put this government to shame. "She ensured that Congress-ruled states tackled the pandemic effectively and provided access to healthcare and treatment to all sections of the people. Her leadership has rankled and embarrassed those occupying the highest offices in this government. Rahul Gandhi has resolutely led the fight against the government from the front," he added.

19:15 (IST)24 Aug 2020
Congress press briefing: Nation went through multiple crisis in last 6 months, says K C Venugopal

K C Venugopal while addressing the media said the CWC has extensively deliberated on the letters and, after detailed discussion, places on record the following: First, the last six months have seen the nation go through multiple crises."We have been beset by (i) the Corona pandemic that continues to claim thousands of lives, (ii) downward-spiraling economy, (iii) massive job losses and growing poverty, and (iv) brazen aggression into and occupation of Indian territory by the Chinese."

19:11 (IST)24 Aug 2020
CWC unanimously requests Congress president Sonia Gandhi to continue to lead Congress: Venugopal

CWC unanimously requests the Congress president Sonia Gandhi to continue to lead the Congress till AICC session is convened as and when the situation permits, said K C Venugopal in Congress press briefing.

19:08 (IST)24 Aug 2020
CWC extensively deliberated on the letter: K C Venugopal

CWC has extensively deliberated on the letter by 23 Congress leaders, said Congress leader K C Venugopal at press briefing on CWC meeting.

18:40 (IST)24 Aug 2020
Nothing against 23 signatories of the letter, Sonia says in concluding remarks

In her concluding remarks at the end of the CWC meet, Sonia Gandhi said she did not hold anything against those who have written the letter to her. "Let’s move ahead," she is learnt to have said.

18:28 (IST)24 Aug 2020
Sonia Gandhi to continue as interim party president till AICC elections

Sonia Gandhi will continue as the interim Congress president till a new chief is elected in an AICC session, which will be convened as and when the situation permits, the party decided at the end of a stormy Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting on Monday. It was also decided that a committee will be set up to assist Gandhi look into the issues raised in the letter by 23 leaders.

17:40 (IST)24 Aug 2020
Drama in CWC meet: BJP says Congress cannot be saved

After Congress Working Committee meeting witnessed high drama over former party president Rahul Gandhi’s purported remark that some of the signatories of the letter calling for sweeping reforms within the party were “colluding with the BJP”, leaders from the Saffron party reacted saying Congress’ days are numbered. The Congress later, however, denied that Rahul made any such remark.

Writing off the Congress, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan opined that no one can save a party that accuses its own leaders of colluding with BJP if they raise their voices and put their demand before its central leadership. Read full story here

17:02 (IST)24 Aug 2020
Convince Rahul to become Cong chief if your health does not permit: Siddaramaiah to Sonia

Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah Monday urged interim Congress chief Sonia Gandhi to convince Rahul to take up the party president post if her health does not permit. The Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly then requested Gandhi to continue as AICC president. "And if you feel that your health may not permit for full-fledged dedication, I urge you to convince Shri Rahul Gandhi to take up the position," Siddaramaiah wrote to Sonia Gandhi.

15:56 (IST)24 Aug 2020
Said that will resign if those colleagues, not Rahul, can prove the allegations: Azad

Ghulam Nabi Azad went on to say, "In the meeting, I said those people who are outside the CWC who are making these allegations should prove it and I will resign if they prove it. Rahul Gandhi at no point said the letter was sent at the behest of BJP."

15:54 (IST)24 Aug 2020
Colleagues outside CWC said letter sent at behest of BJP: Azad

Ghulam Nabi Azad said that some from the Congress remarked that they wrote the letter at the behest of BJP and it was in that reference that he said it was unfortunate that some of his colleagues have said so. "Some Congress persons wrote yesterday that we are doing this at the behest of BJP. It is in that reference that I said that it is most unfortunate that some of our colleagues outside the CWC had gone to extent of saying that the letter was sent at the behest of BJP," said Ghulam Nabi Azad.

15:52 (IST)24 Aug 2020
Rahul Gandhi never said letter was written at behest or in collusion with BJP: Ghulam Nabi Azad

Ghulam Nabi Azad clarified that Rahul Gandhi had never said the letter was written at behest of or in collusion with BJP. "Let me make it very clear that Rahul Gandhi at no point of time has said, either outside or in the CWC meeting, that the letter was written at the instance, or at the behest or in collusion with the BJP."

15:14 (IST)24 Aug 2020
Convince Rahul to take charge if you are unwell: Siddaramaiah to Sonia

Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today urged Sonia to convince Rahul to take up the party's top post if her health does not permit for full-fledged dedication. The Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly requested Sonia Gandi to continue as AICC president. "And if you feel that your health may not permit for full-fledged dedication, I urge you to convince Shri Rahul Gandhi to take up the position," Siddaramaiah's letter to Sonia read.

15:11 (IST)24 Aug 2020
Gandhi-Nehru family's existence in crisis, position doesn't matter anymore: Uma Bharti

Speaking to reporters, BJP leader Uma Bharti said: "The Gandhi-Nehru family's existence is in crisis, their political dominance is over. Congress is finished.. so who stays in what position hardly matters now... Congress should return to Gandhi, the real 'swadeshi' Gandhi without any foreign element." 

15:04 (IST)24 Aug 2020
'Bunch of lies': Priyank Kharge on Rahul's purported 'colluding with BJP' remark

Congress leader and Chittapur MLA Priyank Kharge tweeted: "As usual media goes hyper on the 'planted' story of Rahul Gandhi ji saying Congress men are colluding with BJP and senior leaders daring the party. Bunch of lies planted by the usual suspects. Looks like salaries of media houses are being paid by BJP and RSS." 

14:55 (IST)24 Aug 2020
Wadettiwar, Kedar back Gandhis over Congress leadership issue

Maharashtra minister Vijay Wadettiwar today said the Congress epitomises democratic values, and the letter written by some party leaders to Sonia Gandhi over demand for a "full-time" president should not seen as opposition to the current leadership. "The Congress party epitomises true democratic values, hence the letter should not be seen as opposition to current leadership," the senior party leader was quoted as saying by news agency PTI. Asked if Rahul Gandhi asks the Maharashtra Congress to snap ties with the Shiv Sena, Wadettiwar said, "If he asks us to leave the government, we will do it immediately. We will not stay with the government one more day." Another Congress minister Sunil Kedar said he does not subscribe to the demand of some "so called intellectual leaders" from Maharashtra about the central party leadership. "Those leaders should first tender an unconditional apology or they will not be able to roam freely in the state. The Gandhi familys leadership has helped the country and the party to progress for several decades," he said.

14:35 (IST)24 Aug 2020
'Anyone opposing Janeudhari leadership will be branded B-Team': Owaisi

On Ghulam Nabi Azad's threat to quit the party, AIMIM Asaduddin Owaisi tweeted: "Poetic Justice: @ghulamnazad GHULAM NABI sb u'd accused me of exactly this. Now you're accused of the same. 45 years of ghulami for this? Now it's proven that anyone opposing Janeudhari leadership will be branded B-Team. I hope Muslims now know the high cost of loyalty to Congress."

14:24 (IST)24 Aug 2020
No one can save Congress: Shivraj Singh Chouhan

"When former Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia raised his voice, he was accused of colluding with BJP. Now when leaders like Gulam Nabi Azad and Kapil Sibal are demanding a full-time party chief, they are also being accused of colluding with BJP. No one can save such a party," Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan told news agency ANI.

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Acknowledging the rise of the BJP and admitting that the youth decisively voted for Narendra Modi, the letter points out that the erosion of the support base and losing the confidence of the youth are matters of serious concern.

The letter, learnt to have been sent a fortnight ago, details a reforms agenda that is, in effect, a stinging indictment of the current leadership.

It calls for a “full time and effective leadership” which is both “visible” and “active” in the field; elections to the CWC; and the urgent establishment of an “institutional leadership mechanism” to “collectively” guide the party’s revival.

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