While leaders of the Indian National Congress (INC) met today to approve dates for the election for a new president of the party, they did not discuss the recent high-profile resignations of veterans Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma who finds the electoral roll for the poll unbelievable. The dissident leader wants the electoral rolls of the Pradesh Congress Committee and District Congress Committee to be distributed and publicised.
INC's interim president Sonia Gandhi agreed to it while Anand Sharma claims no real meeting of the CWC was convened for the purpose.
Sources said that Anand Sharma said he had received complaints that neither a virtual nor a physical meeting was held to finalise the electoral rolls. He was speaking at the CWC meeting before the party's central election authority chairman Madhusudan Mistry listed out the schedule for the election of the INC president.
Anand Sharma is among the G-23 'rebels' who pointed out that no Pradesh Congress Committee had received any list of delegates who are supposed to vote for the INC presidential poll and such a process violated the sanctity of the election process, said the sources.
Anand Sharma resigned from the chairmanship of the party's steering committee for Himachal Pradesh a week ago, saying he was left with no choice after the "continuing exclusion and insults".
The crucial Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting follows an explosive resignation letter by the party's G-23 dissident and veteran Ghulam Nabi Azad blasting Rahul Gandhi for "childish behaviour", "glaring immaturity" and for letting a "coterie of inexperienced sycophants" run the party. In his letter, addressed to party president Sonia Gandhi, he also lashed out at Rahul Gandhi for "demolishing the party's entire consultative mechanism".
Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma were part of the group of 23 dissident leaders who had in 2020 demanded of Sonia Gandhi that she initiate large-scale reforms, including elections at all levels of the organisation.
Sonia Gandhi, who is abroad for a medical checkup, presided over the CWC meeting, which was held virtually, today.