Has the status of the Gandhi family diminished?

March 19 2022

Defeat often carries with it the burden of blocked beliefs, a clear view of which was seen in the Congress Working Committee meeting convened in New Delhi, where the vocal silence prevailed over the speakers. The meeting lasted some five hours but only five people came forward in vocal support of the Gandhi family. Whereas some 52 Congress leaders were present in the meeting. Sonia Gandhi offered her resignation, declaring that ‘the Gandhi family can sacrifice anything, they can go to any extent to protect the Congress’. Often there used to be a wide impact in the meeting, slogans of ‘No-No’, then ‘Sonia Gandhi Zindabad’ were used in chorus. But this time nothing of the sort happened. Only five leaders stood in support of Sonia. After this, it was the turn of Rahul Gandhi. KC Venugopal raised slogans in favor of Rahul, ‘Rahul Lao, Desh Bachao’. Same was the case with Priyanka Gandhi, she had to pay the price for her ‘flop show’ in UP. Last time when she had spoken at the CWC meeting, she spoke amid thunderous applause, this time there was an uneasy silence everywhere. The five people who took the lead in Rahul’s favour, after Rahul spoke, were Bhupesh Baghel, Kamal Nath, Ashok Gehlot, Mallikarjun Kharge, and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury. In this meeting, only three leaders of the disgruntled G-23 faction of Congress attended – Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma and Mukul Wasnik. Before coming to the meeting, Kamal Nath talked to Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ghulam Nabi talked to Sonia and said that ‘I have never wanted your resignation.’ When Ghulam Nabi Azad got a chance to speak, he spoke in his own style. When he finished speaking, many senior Congress leaders came to him, praised him and said, ‘You spoke very well.’ Obviously, the Gandhi family was feeling very uncomfortable in this whole meeting.

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