NEW DELHI: The “dissidents” of the 23rd Congress, whose letter urging a full-time party leader created a gasp, will likely meet with interim president Sonia Gandhi this week. Rahul Gandhi is also likely to attend the meeting, sources said.
The meeting could aim at a rapprochement between the “dissenting” members and the leaders of the party.
Sources said Gandhi has set up a series of meetings on 19 and 20 December with congressional leaders to decide on key issues concerning the party. These include the party’s strategy on the government not calling the winter session of parliament, finalizing the alliances and its strategy in the polling-bound states of Assam, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal, agitation of farmers and holding organizational elections.
There are arguments that Congress will likely hold the AICC session in January to elect a new president, for whom the party leadership will discuss and cancel plans.
The group of 23 in the letter written last August had stressed that “they have full-time leadership that is active on the ground”. They also fought for the devolution of power to state units and the renewal of the CWC in line with the party constitution.
Soon after, in an internal review, many of these leaders were sidelined, with some of them deprived of important posts.
Signatories of the letter included Ghulam Nabi Azad, Kapil Sibal, Shashi Tharoor, Manish Tewari, Anand Sharma, PJ Kurian, Renuka Chaudhary, Milind Deora and Ajay Singh.
(With agency input)