New Delhi, 18 November (IANS). The group of 23 disgruntled leaders of the Congress met after the Bihar results amid the ongoing internal crisis in the party. One leader said, this fight is for the revival of the party and not for rebellion.
Those who could not be physically present were approached for muster support from afar and stressed much needed reforms in the party.
Sources said that Ghulam Nabi Azad would give a message to Sonia Gandhi.
A source, however, said that no such organized meeting has taken place as the group has held several meetings since July and onwards.
The party leader claimed that support for revival has exceeded 50, as immediate reforms have collectively emphasized the imagination of all who want the best for the Congress.
On Tuesday, a group formed by Sonia Gandhi, comprising Ahmed Patel, Ambika Soni, Randeep Surjewala, K.C. Venugopal and Mukul Wasnik discussed virtually the results of Bihar as well as the by-elections.
Sources say that Bihar in-charge Shaktisinh Gohil and Gujarat in-charge Rajeev Satav offered to step down, however, they were asked to continue in office till Sonia Gandhi took stock of the situation.
Several leaders came to the rescue of the leadership after Kapil Sibal expressed concern over the electoral debacle and criticism of the leadership, including two chief ministers of Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, who publicly criticized Sibal for making the public aware.
The way the party handled the Bihar elections and the state by-elections, and the recent defeat in the by-elections, the discord in the party is in full swing.
Disgruntled leaders want fresh organizational elections to be rejuvenated from the block to the CWC level.
The group is emphasizing on CWC elections and also revival of parliamentary board in the party.
Kapil Sibal, one of the leaders who wrote the controversial letter in August, has said that there is no platform for expressing concern so he is speaking publicly.
Sibal said the party would have to accept that it was on the decline and needed various ways to strengthen itself, from organizational restructuring and media management.
He also emphasized that his party needs thoughtful leadership to be more articulate and take things forward.
He said, the party has more experienced people to discuss, (those) who can understand the political situation and have to reach out to the people.
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