New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday met party senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, a day after the core group of its ‘G-23’ dissidents held a third round of discussions following the massive election defeats in five states.
“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 told reporters after the meeting.
“The discussion was on how, unitedly, (the) Congress party can prepare for the upcoming elections. There was no question on leadership. No one had asked Mrs. Gandhi to quit in the CWC,” he added.
The group of Congress’s G-23 dissidents have held a series of meetings at Ghulam Nabi Azad’s residence since March 10 when poll results of five states were declared. The meeting was held as a feedback session with Hooda, who met Rahul Gandhi earlier on Thursday.
Those who seen attending the meeting included Kapil Sibal, Shashi Tharoor, Anand Sharma, Manish Tewari, 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!”
G-23 dissidents and some new entrants to the party pitched for a “collective, inclusive leadership” in Monday’s meeting.
On Sunday at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting called to discuss the poll results, it was 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