New Delhi: Days after meeting Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday met senior members Manish Tewari and Anand Sharma as a part of an attempt to reach out to the G-23 or group of dissident leaders within the party.
According to reports, during the meeting which took place at Sonia Gandhi’s residence, the leaders discussed ways to strengthen the party and revive it to take on the Bharatiya Janata Party in the next round of elections.
Sonia Gandhi is likely to meet some more leaders of the G-23 in the coming days, said reports.
On Friday she met Ghulam Nabi Azad, a day after the core group of G-23 dissidents, held a third round of discussions following the massive defeats of Congress in five states in the recent assembly elections.
“It was a good meeting with the Congress President. It may be news for you but it was a regular, usual meeting with the President,” Azad had told reporters after the meeting.
The group of Congress’s G-23 dissidents have held a series of meetings at Ghulam Nabi Azad’s residence since March 10 when the poll results of the five states were declared.
Both Manish Tewari and Anand Sharma had attended these meetings along with others, including Kapil Sibal, Shashi Tharoor, Bhupinder Hooda, Akhilesh Prasad Singh, Prithviraj Chavan, Raj Babbar, PJ Kurien and Mani Shankar Aiyer.
Tharoor, who is known to be neutral when it comes to the Gandhis, was a surprise addition to the list.
Ahead of the meeting, the Kerala MP and former Union Minister had tweeted: “I’ve learned so much from my mistakes, I’m thinking of making a few more.” He had captioned it “Without Comment!”
Following the election debacle, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) had called a meeting called to discuss the poll results and decided that Sonia Gandhi would continue to be the interim chief of the Congress.
The G-23 had written to Sonia Gandhi in 2020 seeking a “full-time and visible leadership” following a series of earlier poll defeats.
According to the report, Rahul Gandhi agreed with the suggestions that had been put forward at the G-23 meet.
India Blooms News Service