After Senior Congressman and former Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad resigned from Congress, the infamous G23 held a meeting at Ghulam Nabi’s residence.
Ghulam Nabi just a day earlier had resigned from the Congress Party citing reasons in detail in his resignation letter which also went public. He seemed to be furious and deeply disappointed with the current Congress leadership and their decision-making mechanisms.
There are speculations that Azad may form his own party in Jammu & Kashmir. After the news of his resignation broke, several other Congress leaders from J&K also resigned.
A Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting is scheduled to be held on Sunday. Apart from finalizing the election dates, the members may persuade Rahul Gandhi to assume the role of the President.
According to some reports which surfaced earlier, Rahul Gandhi has denied the offer to take up the position but some senior members of the party feel that only Rahul has the connection with masses across India.
Earlier, some reports also suggested that Gandhis seemed to be inclined towards Chief Minister of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot being the next President.
The CWC meeting will be held at 3.30pm virtually. Sonia Gandhi who is traveling abroad for her medical check-up along with Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi will preside over virtually.
In his resignation letter to Sonia Gandhi, Azad lashed out at Rahul Gandhi for “demolishing its entire consultative mechanism” through a coterie and group of sycophants.
The grand old party has seen some high profile exits in the past few months. Earlier, Kapil Sibal, Amarinder Singh, Sunil Jakhar, Ashwini Kumar and RPN Singh had resigned from the party.
However, the exit of Azad may have hurt the party the most, since he was not only a veteran leader but also enjoyed a good reputation across party lines.
In response to his resignation, Congress accused Azad of being ‘Modi-fied’ since he enjoys good camaraderie with the Prime Minister.
According to some reports, elections of the president could be delayed by a few weeks since the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ of Congress from Kanyakumari to Kashmir is scheduled to start from September 7.