New Delhi: Battered by five recent losses and with little steam to propel forward, the Congress high-command is in for more trouble as in-party dissenters, called the G23, have announced a meeting of their own on Wednesday.
Sources told news agency ANI that other Congress leaders may join this meeting.
The G23 had told Congress chief Sonia Gandhi in August 2020 that the party needed internal reforms and collective leadership.
Most prominent among the G23 leaders, Kapil Sibal, slammed the top leadership in an interview published Tuesday and said they were living in a cuckoo land.
He criticised the leadership’s decision at Sunday’s working committee meeting to hold a ‘chintan shivir’ to figure out why the party had lost in five states. He told The Indian Express: “For a party after eight years, since 2014, to say that we will have a chintan shivir to find out the reasons for this debacle, if for eight years a political party and the leadership is not aware of the reasons for its decline; is awaiting for a chintan shivir to find out, is living in cuckoo land.”
He said it was not surprising that the Congress leadership decided Sunday that Sonia Gandhi would continue as party chief.
He said some prominent leaders may feel “that without the Gandhi family it’s not possible for the Congress to survive”. He demurred: “It’s not a point of view that many of us share.”
The meeting is likely to be held Wednesday at 7 pm. The venue is yet to be decided, ANI reported.