The letter was signed by 23 leaders, but not all will be at the meeting. It is believed to represent widespread concerns by a core group of 5 or 6 leaders. According to sources, the meeting will be held on Saturday and steps will be taken towards a compromise. It is not clear whether Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will be present. But the Congress claims that this is not just a meeting between Sonia Gandhi and disgruntled leaders; Others who did not sign the letter will also be present.
According to sources, Kamal Nath has endorsed the cause of the so-called disgruntled leaders, who expressed concern over the collapse of the party and called for “active and current leadership” in a letter in August. It was a surprise action by a group consisting of the party’s most senior defenders and spokespersons.
Sources said Kamal Nath, who lost power in Madhya Pradesh after senior leader Jyotiraditya Scindia joined the BJP, has played a role in persuading the Gandhi family to meet the leaders who wrote the letter. Until now, he had distanced himself from disagreements.
Some “dissidents” like Ghulam Nabi Azad were not given time to meet Sonia Gandhi immediately after the letter bomb was dropped. Apart from this, Azad and other letter writer Mukul Wasnik also faced resentment in the presence of the Gandhi family at the Congress meeting online.
The disgruntled leader had threatened to flare up again after the disappointing performance of the Congress in the recent Bihar elections. One of the letter writers, Kapil Sibal, expressed his anger, saying “the time for introspection is over”.
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After him, other party leaders like P. Chidambaram also called for a “comprehensive review” and suggested that the party needed to strengthen its center.
Signs of warmth have emerged in the Congress, which is busy electing a new party chief in the new year. Sonia Gandhi was made interim president after Rahul Gandhi resigned as president following the Congress’ second consecutive defeat in the Lok Sabha elections last year.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi formed the party’s three committees on national security, economic and foreign affairs