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azad: Rahul, Azad in same frame sparks buzz of conciliation | India News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: The presence of veteran Ghulam Nabi Azad in multiple frames with Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday — meeting with the President and photo exhibition on 1971 War — caught the attention of Congress leaders.
The Congress Working Committee is set to meet on Saturday to discuss the present political situation, coming assembly elections and most importantly, organisational polls. The CWC meeting comes following a demand by Azad, the leading light of G-23, in a letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi recently that organisational election schedule should be discussed urgently by the top body as also the state of the party. In what was seen as a preview of the letter, Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal held a press conference where he lashed out at the Congress affairs and said that nobody knew who was taking decisions in the party in the absence of a full-time president. Sibal had also said that G-23, the dissident bloc, would continue to raise issues. It was followed by protests outside Sibal’s residence by party members, which were dubbed as orchestrated by other G-23 leaders. This has raised the tension between the dissident bloc and loyalists.
While it is felt that the CWC may see a face-off between the party and G-23, Azad’s presence with Rahul in the run-up to the meeting is leading many to speculate that the brainstorming could be conciliatory as the two sides are seen to be in touch.
Besides internal polls, the CWC is likely be dominated by discussion on the political situation as well as the recent Lakhimpuri Kheri face-off where the Gandhi siblings took the lead to corner BJP. This may dilute the G-23 agenda in the overall discussion. It is to be seen if the dissidents press for their demand for urgent internal polls, and if the loyalists lash out at G-23 members like Sibal.





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