Tuesday, 25 August 2020 It is learnt that Sonia called up Azad on Monday evening. The timing was significant because earlier, the CWC presided over by her had roundly attacked the group of leaders led by the leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha for writing a letter questioning ad-hocism in the party. Interestingly, Sonia is learned to have spoken to Azad over a week before the CWC meeting to acknowledge the letter written by 23 partymen.
Following the meeting of Congress Working Committee, member, and Congress leader KH Muniyappa informed that Sonia Gandhi will continue as Congress party's interim president. "Madam (Sonia Gandhi) has to continue and the election will take place as soon as possible which is the unanimous decision of...
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on August 27 said that the Congress Working Committee should be elected along with other important posts at state and district level. "Anyone who has a genuine interest in the internal working dynamics of Congress would welcome our proposal to have every state and district president as being elected. The entire Congress Working Committee should be elected," said Azad.
Even after interim Congress President Sonia Gandhi said that there was no ‘ill will’ against the 23 party leaders who had sought structural changes in the Congress, the ‘dissenters’ continue to be targeted. In the latest, the Lakhimpur Kheri unit of the Congress party has sought action against Jitin Prasada, one of the leaders who had signed the letter written to Sonia Gandhi. The district unit raised slogans against Prasada. Kapil Sibal, another signatory to the letter, hit back saying that while the Congress should be targeting the BJP, it was busy attacking its own leaders. This comes after Maharashtra Minister and Congress leader Sunil Kedar had asked the three leaders from the state who signed the letter to issue an apology. Threatening the leaders, Kedar had said that they may not be able to walk freely in the state again. 23 Congress leaders had written to Sonia Gandhi seeking structural changes in the party at all levels. The letter was reportedly discussed at the recent Congress Working Committee meeting but no action was taken. Watch the video for all the details.
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The rift within the Congress party is now out in the open. The letter written by 23 prominent party leaders to Sonia Gandhi, calling for an overhaul of the party structure, was dismissed during the Congress Working Committee meeting on Monday. Instead, the party continued to maintain status-quo and retained Sonia Gandhi as interim party chief. The CWC meeting did have some fiery moments where those who sought changes, and were in a minority in the meeting, were referred to as BJP agents by Gandhi family loyalists. Additionally, the resolution also asked all party leaders to raise issues at party forums and not approach the media to air their grievances. So, the big question remains, is the Congress party headed for a split? Will the young guard, who want an overhaul in the party and fresh elections for all party positions, be sidelined by the old guard and Gandhi family loyalists? Is a split in the Congress imminent? Suspended Congress leader Sanjay Jha responds to these questions during an exclusive interaction with Hindustan Times’ Aditi Prasad.
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The monsoon session of the Parliament, held under the shadow of the Covid-19 pandemic, is ending earlier than planned amid a surge in infections. But rather than the unprecedented precautions and measures taken inside the two Houses, this session might be remembered for the fierce face-off between the treasury and Opposition benches, especially over the manner of passing of two controversial agricultural reform bills. The political clash caused by the fracas in the Rajya Sabha, the suspension of some Opposition MPs, the rejected motion against the Deputy Chairman, and the boycott of proceedings is now reaching the President of India's doorstep. Opposition parties are approaching the President, accusing the government of trampling on Parliamentary tradition while pushing through a number of legislations. Watch Hindustan Times senior editor Aditi Prasad decode the significance of this short, yet stormy Parliament session with deputy political editor Saubhadra Chatterji.
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The Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad met President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan on September 23. Congress leader provided representation to President about farm bills claiming them to be passed in Upper House 'unconstitutionally'. Speaking to media, Ghulam Nabi Azad said, "There was no division of votes, no voice voting. Constitution was undermined in the temple of democracy." "We have given a representation to President that Farm Bills have been passed unconstitutionally and he should return these bills," he added.