Sonia Gandhi is the interim president of the Indian National Congress party and wife of former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. She is the chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance and the longest-serving president of the Congress. More
In her speech, which many saw as the launch of her party's campaign for the Bihar elections, the process of which has already started, Sonia Gandhi said the common man was always at the centre of Congress's welfare programmes.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi referred to a rule that says state legislatures are allowed to enforce laws that are “repugnant to the parliament law”, even after they get the president’s nod. In 2015, former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had asked all Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled states to use the same provision.
Asked about the organisational changes made by Gandhi and the subsequent reported statements by some leaders who had written to her over party reforms, Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said he had not seen a single statement by any Congress leader on the issue and cannot comment on that.
Gandhi would be returning in the last week of September, and had cleared the Congress' organisational restructuring before departing.
The Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development was instituted in the memory of the former prime minister by a trust in her name in 1986.
The letter from the UP veterans comes days after 23 senior Congress leaders wrote to Sonia Gandhi, saying uncertainty over the party leadership has "demoralised Congress workers". They also said over-centralisation and micro-management have always proven counter-productive.
Sonia Gandhi also said that the founding fathers of the country would have never imagined that the Constitution and democracy will be in danger 75 years after the Independence as "bad thinking is now dominating, freedom of expression is in danger and democratic institutions are being ruined".
Loyalists get promoted and dissidents are ignored as Congress president Sonia Gandhi makes new appointments in both houses of Parliament.
In a meeting called by Gandhi to discuss JEE Main and NEET, Mamata asks opposition chief ministers to move SC, finds support in Amarinder Singh
The GST Council would be meeting on August 27 to discuss the issue of grant of compensation to states for the loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Anand Shrama, one of the 23 signatories to the letter written to Sonia Gandhi seeking an organisational overhaul, said on August 24 their intention was to convey "shared concerns" over the present environment in India.
Times when dissent caused Congress members to split or break away from the grand old party
It was also decided in the CWC meeting that a committee would be formed to help Sonia Gandhi in day-to-day functioning of the Congress party
The debate over whether a person from outside the Gandhi family was re-ignited last week when Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, in a year-old but recently published interview, endorsed her brother Rahul Gandhi's stand on a non-Gandhi president for the Congress, saying there are plenty of people capable of leading the party.
After more than 20 senior leaders wrote to the party chief seeking collective leadership and a revamp of major bodies, political analysts following developments foresee a turmoil within the Congress party.
Around 20 party leaders had written to Sonia Gandhi demanding a full-time, visible president and overhauling of the organisational structure including elections to the CWC and reconstitution of the Parliamentary board.
The Congress Working Committee meeting amid Sonia Gandhi’s decision to step down as the grand old party’s working president has a striking similarity with a past incident.
In case Sonia Gandhi made up her mind otherwise, the APCC wanted Rahul Gandhi to come forward and take up the responsibility as Congress president.
The party is divided on the leadership matter with a section demanding collective leadership and another reposing faith in the Gandhi family.
On August 23, several Congress leaders threw their weight behind the Gandhi family amid a growing tumult with the party deeply divided on the leadership issue ahead of the crucial Congress Working Committee meeting.
CWC meeting highlights: Sonia Gandhi has asked Congress Working Committee to relieve her as interim party chief.
While most of the leaders who have written the letter did not answer calls on Sunday, some who answered remained tight-lipped on the issue having set the stage for a CWC debate on the need for a Gandhi versus a non-Gandhi Congress President.
The report also claimed citing sources that the veteran leader sent a formal reply in which she had said that her stint as interim president for one year was complete and she would like to step down from the party president's post and that the party would have to choose a new president.
There has been a clamour among some party leaders for Rahul Gandhi to take over as the Congress president again.
Congress denies the claim, saying it's an attempt by the BJP to divert attention from Facebook-BJP links