Congress G-23 denies writing another letter after debacle in Bihar

Congress G-23 denies writing another letter after debacle in Bihar

NEW DELHI: The Bihar setback has triggered speculation of another letter from Congress dissidents to the leadership seeking introspection, the buzz being so strong that the ‘G23’ officially denied sending another missive to Sonia Gandhi.
Senior Congress leader and head of the dissenting group Ghulam Nabi Azad told TOI, “There has been no meeting of the group in the recent past and no letter has been considered for sending to the leadership. No letter has been sent.”
The categorical comment sought to put a lid on speculation swirling since the Bihar results showed that Congress performed below par and dragged down the opposition alliance led by RJD. Serious questions have been raised about the way the poll management was done by close confidants of Rahul Gandhi, with some Bihar Congressmen even making public remarks about “internal sabotage”.
A letter in August by the bloc of 23 leaders touched off a major controversy as it slammed “absentee leadership” in the party and demanded visible and effective leadership besides introspection on the direction and strategy choices. It resulted in a stormy meeting of the CWC in which the party closed ranks to slam the letter writers while putting in place the process for election of a new party president which was a key demand of the dissenting group.
It is felt Rahul may contest the polls to take back the reins of the party, and the dissidents will have the choice to challenge him in the internal elections.
After Bihar, the G23 members are again restive, with at least three saying off the record that the results had vindicated the earlier letter. They, however, said writing another one may not be the answer though it is not ruled out.
A senior leader said the party will have to do “introspection” so that change of course could be effected.

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