The ultimate determination on the highest management of the Congress – whether or not Sonia Gandhi will keep on completely as social gathering chief or a brand new president shall be appointed – shall be taken on the social gathering’s plenary session, sources advised NDTV. The session is predicted to be held earlier than the second week of April.
It’s nonetheless not clear whether or not Rahul Gandhi will take over as Congress president this time. Sources near him say he’s but to take a name on whether or not to return because the social gathering chief.
However Mrs Gandhi’s detached well being has been a reason behind concern and the necessity for an energetic president has been felt much more keenly felt after the Delhi elections.
The Congress, which dominated Delhi for 3 consecutive phrases, has did not win a single seat in 2015. Not solely did it fail to win any this time additionally, however 63 of its candidates misplaced their deposit for failing to win the obligatory minimal variety of votes.
As backlash began from the social gathering’s younger brigade demanding motion, its state social gathering chief PC Chacko blamed Sheila Dikshit — the extensively revered three-time Chief Minister who died final 12 months — for the state of affairs, exposing the factionalism and the blame sport that has felled the social gathering from inside.
The Congress has been on a slippery slope since its decimation in final 12 months’s Lok Sabha election. The instability had elevated after Rahul Gandhi determined to step down, asking the social gathering to decide on a non-Gandhi chief for the highest put up.
However the social gathering’s working committee – the very best determination making physique — determined to fall again on Sonia Gandhi. A celebration president for 19 years, Sonia Gandhi had considerably decreased her public engagements since Rahul Gandhi took over because the social gathering chief. However on the social gathering’s insistence, she reluctantly agreed to be the interim president.
For many of its 134-year historical past, the Congress all the time had the Gandhis on the helm, aside from a number of years within the ’90s after former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated. However the social gathering didn’t do properly below Sitaram Kesri and a number of other leaders had satisfied Sonia Gandhi to steer it.