congress: Cong brass unlikely to go for immediate party polls | India News


NEW DELHI: Congress cannot agree to the demand for immediate organizational elections to elect the new party chief and can opt for a new party affiliation campaign, a decision that may mean Sonia Gandhi continuing at the helm.
The opinion in Congress could mean that the G23 dissidents’ demand for internal elections, including the CWC, may not find favor with the leaders. The CAQ can, if it so wishes, appoint a party president who could then be ratified by the AICC.
As the congressional working committee meets on Saturday to discuss, among other things, the demand for internal polls sought by the G23, party members said the likelihood of it being accepted is slim.
Although Congress has been plagued with calls for the election of the new chief for the past year and a half, the paradox is that the period has actually brought the party closer to the scheduled electoral calendar, by the end of 2022. The latest internal polls were conducted in December 2017 for a period of five years. Rahul left office in mid-May 2019 after the Lok Sabha debacle.
The party’s view is that with five major assembly elections to be held in March 2022, the internal voting process may not be feasible now. Rather, the party can initiate the membership drive, which is the first necessary step for elections that can be held later in the year.
Sources said the CWC may have an opinion on how to conduct the party’s next elections. In the absence of clarity on the matter, there has been speculation that individual congressional leaders may have been presented as interim arrangements, with names of Sachin Pilot and Kamal Nath floating around.
Senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad He recently wrote a letter to the president of Congress, Sonia Gandhi, in which he demanded internal polls and also a discussion on the state of affairs of the party.
While the CWC is watching if the discussions lead to a confrontation between the G23 and the loyalists, much of the meeting could revolve around the upcoming assembly elections and the political situation.

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