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Sonia Gandhi to organize a virtual meeting with party leaders; may discuss Bihar elections

Congress president Sonia Gandhi is expected to be visited by a group of senior party leaders in the wake of the party’s unimpressive performance in recent Bihar elections. This group of senior leaders was recently constituted to help the president to running operations.

This meeting is seen by many as an aftermath of former Union Minister Kapil Sibbal’s comments which said that results of the recent polls show that the party is not seen as an alternate choice by people. Moreover, the party’s leadership is treating defeat as normal.

Retweeting Kapil Sibbal’s interview, Congress MP Karti P Chidambaram said that it is time that we ‘introspect, ideate, consult and act’.

A member of the special committee of Congress told The Hindu on Monday that the agenda for virtual meeting could be the Gupkar alliance in Jammu and Kashmir, Bihar elections and the next round of assembly elections. Many senior leaders of the group include leaders like K.C. Venugopal, A.K. Antony, Ambika Soni, Randeep Surjewala, Ahmed Patel and Mukul Wasnik who were a part of a group of 23 leaders who had raised objections over the Congress leadership in a letter to Sonia Gandhi.

The party chose not to officially react to former Law Minister’s comments who is also a member of a group of 23 leaders. However, Ashok Gehlot criticised Kapil Sibbal over his comments. He said that there was no need for Sibbal to bring internal issues to the media. Chief Minister of Rajasthan that these comments have hurt the party workers’ sentiments across the nation. Electoral losses could be blamed on many factors. Party members have shown firm and undivided belief in the party leadership and as a result, we have come out of it united and stronger after every bad occasion.

Anil Chaudhary, Delhi Congress Chief, also picked apart Sibbal’s comments and said that he should someday visit the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) office as he was a former Lok Sabha MP from the region.

Congress MP Vivek Tankha defended Sibbal and said that Congress has to survive for the survival of our democracy. We should act now otherwise, it might be late.

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