NEW DELHI: A day after Kapil Sibal’s sharp attack on the party brass over the unsettled leadership issue, Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the Congress Working Committee (CWC) would meet “very soon”. Party chief Sonia Gandhi had indicated before leaving for Shimla last week that a meeting of the party’s top decision-making body would be called very soon, he said.
On Wednesday, Sibal and Ghulam Nabi Azad, who are part of the disgruntled G-23 that has been seeking organisational revamp, demanded that the CWC meeting be immediately convened to discuss the situation in the party the wake of defections and the mess in Punjab and other state units.
The Congress, meanwhile, appeared to be split into two groups, with one coming out strongly in defence of the high command and the other condemning the “orchestrated hooliganism” against Sibal, who took barbs at the leadership on Wednesday saying G-23 was not Ji Huzoor 23.
Azad and other senior leaders such as P Chidambaram, Anand Sharma, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Shashi Tharoor, Vivek Tankha and Raj Babbar, some of whom are part of G23, condemned the “attack” at Sibal’s house by Congress workers saying it was against Congress culture.
Some other leaders such as Bhupesh Baghel, Pawan Khera, Ashwini Kumar and Tariq Anwar criticised Sibal. Party leaders must not go public with the internal matters for the sake of discipline and also because it hurts the ground level workers, these leaders said.