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Unfair on Sonia, Congress must find full-term chief: Shashi Tharoor

IndiaTimes Sunday, 9 August 2020
Exactly a year to the day when Sonia Gandhi completed a year in office as interim president of Congress, Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor has said it was “unfair” to her to carry the “interim chief’s burden indefinitely”. ​​​​Tharoor also said Congress must expedite the process of finding a full-term president to arrest the growing public perception that the party is “adrift and rudderless”.
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