Mumbai: Maharashtra Congress Minister Sunil Kedar has issued an open threat to the three state Congress leaders who wrote to party president Sonia Gandhi demanding a “full time and effective leadership”.
Kedar has asked Congress leaders Prithviraj Chavan, Mukul Wasnik and Milind Deora, the three signatories from Maharashtra to the now-controversial letter signed by 23 Congress leaders, to apologise, or else they will not be allowed to roam freely within the state.
“I wholeheartedly support Hon. Sonia Gandhi ji as president. It’s shameful on Mukul Wasnik, Prithviraj Chavan and Milind Deora to raise questions on the leadership of the Gandhi family. These leaders must apologise for their act immediately. Otherwise Congress workers will see how they move in state freely,” Kedar tweeted late Sunday night.
“Congress can give fight to BJP government only when party has Gandhi as its head. This is high time to stand firmly behind Sonia ji’s leadership,” he added.
I wholeheartedly support Hon. Sonia Gandhi ji as president. Its shameful on Mukul Wasnik, Prithviraj Chavhan and Milind Deora to raise questions on leadership of Gandhi family. These leaders must apologies for their act immediately. Otherwise Congress workers will see how they
— Sunil Chattrapal Kedar (@SunilKedar1111) August 23, 2020
Kedar is a second-generation Congress leader from Nagpur. His father, Chhatrapal Kedar, was also a former Congress minister in Maharashtra.
Sunil Kedar holds the portfolios of dairy, animal husbandry, youth welfare and sports in the Maha Vikas Aghadi government comprising the Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress.
Kedar’s threat came ahead of the key Congress Working Committee meeting Monday when pro- and anti- Rahul Gandhi camps are likely to debate the content of the letter written by 23 senior party leaders to Congress president Sonia Gandhi asking for changes in the way the party functions.
In the letter sent about a fortnight ago, these leaders are learnt to have asked for structural changes within the party, and a full-time effective leadership that will be both visible and active in the field.
Sonia for party president — Maharashtra Congress resolves
Meanwhile, the Maharashtra Congress Sunday passed a unanimous resolution pledging support to Sonia Gandhi to continue as party chief.
The resolution was passed under the leadership of All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Mallikarjun Kharge who presided over the meeting through a Zoom call.
“The senior congress leaders of Maharashtra have hereby unanimously resolved that madam Sonia ji Gandhi should continue as the Congress President as it is only because of her leadership only our party came in power. She has made several sacrifices to rebuild the party and is still very actively involved in all the decisions pertaining to the party,” the resolution said.
The Maharashtra Congress also resolved that if Gandhi refuses to continue as president then Rahul Gandhi should immediately take over as AICC president.