The Delhi Mahila Congress, following in the footsteps of the Indian Youth Congress and the NSUI, passed a resolution on Monday calling for Rahul Gandhi to be re-elected as Congress president. At the state executive meeting where this resolution was passed, leaders such as Mahila Morcha acting President Netta D’Souza, Mahila Congress general secretary Shamina Shafiq, and Delhi Mahila Congress president Amrita Dhawan were present. Dhawan praised the Wayanad MP’s stance on women’s issues as he read the resolution.
The Indian Youth Congress, which met on September 6, also decided that Rahul Gandhi should lead the Congress party. On September 12, the Congress’s student wing, NSUI, passed a similar resolution, stressing Gandhi’s “visionary leadership” as a source of “safe and secure” for students.
It added, “We recognise Rahul Gandhi’s dedication to India’s students and re-affirm our faith in his keen leadership abilities and statesmanship under which India can reach the pinnacle of success developing into a more sustainable and peaceful society”.
आज @MahilaCongress अध्यक्ष @dnetta जी व प्रभारी @shaminaaaa जी की उपस्थिति में @DelhiPMC अध्यक्ष @AmritaDhawan1 जी ने प्रदेश महिला कांग्रेस कार्यकारणी सदस्यों के साथ @RahulGandhi जी को कांग्रेस राष्ट्रीय अध्यक्ष दोबारा बनाने का प्रस्ताव पास किया।@RahulGandhi @priyankagandhi pic.twitter.com/SPA9ogDrmH
— Delhi Pradesh Mahila Congress (@DelhiPMC) September 13, 2021
Crisis in Congress leadership
Sonia Gandhi’s son Rahul Gandhi took over as Prime Minister in December 2017 after 19 years at the helm, including victories for the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance in the 2004 and 2009 Lok Sabha elections. Rahul Gandhi declared his decision to resign after a series of defeats in state elections. In addition, Congress’s disastrous performance in the 2019 general elections. Sonia Gandhi took over as interim Prime Minister in August 2019. After failed attempts to persuade him to reconsider his resignation.
23 senior party leaders wrote to Sonia Gandhi on August 23, 2020, stating that the uncertainty over the leadership. Although, the party’s drift has weakened Congress and demoralised the workers. Many suggestions made in the letter, including the need for full-time leadership at national and state headquarters. As well as conducting elections at all levels, including the Congress Working Committee. Despite the high-octane drama at the CWC meeting, the Rae Bareli MP selected to serve as interim president. At least till the next AICC session.
Rather than addressing concerns, the CWC announced on January 22 that the election for party president took place only after the Assembly elections. In places like Assam, Puducherry, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and West Bengal completed. The COVID-19 crisis forced the party’s apex decision-making body. The CWC, to delay the process of electing a new party supremo indefinitely.