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Sonia To Meet Dissenters


New Delhi: A group of Congress “rebels” who wrote a letter flagging a leadership drift and calling for sweeping organizational changes, may finally get to meet with Sonia Gandhi. Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath was key to setting up the meeting, sources say.

Twenty three leaders had signed the letter, but not all will be at the meeting. A core group of five or six leaders is likely to represent the wider concerns, it is believed.

The meeting will take place on Saturday, say sources, in moves towards reconciliation. It is not clear if Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will be present.

But the Congress claims it is not just a meeting between Sonia Gandhi and the rebels; others who were not signatories to the letter will also be present.

Kamal Nath, say sources, has backed the cause of the so-called dissident leaders, who had expressed concern over the party’s downslide and had called for an “active and present leadership” in a letter in August. It was a stunning act of defiance by a group that included the party’s senior most defenders and spokespersons.

Kamal Nath, who lost power in Madhya Pradesh in March following senior leader Jyotiraditya Scindia’s defection to the BJP, played a role in persuading the Gandhis to meet the letter writers, sources say. So far, he had kept a distance from the dissenters.

Courtesy – ndtv

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