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Shashi Tharoor says Congress needs change in leadership

Thiruvananthapuram: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Saturday said that there should be new leadership of the Congress party.

“None has spoken a word against Sonia Gandhi, but she herself is saying she wishes to step down and hence a new leadership should take over quickly.

“If Rahul Gandhi wishes to take over, it should happen quickly,” said Tharoor to the media as he arrived near Ernakulam on a day that saw the party’s Punjab unit implode.

He said if Congress wants a strong hold, things should fall in place quickly and should get ready to face the elections and for that, it should happen now. Incidentally, by now various feeder organizations of the Congress party have been firmly demanding that Rahul Gandhi should take over as the new president.

Tharoor was part of the Group of 23 Congress leaders, who last year wrote a letter to Sonia asking for sweeping changes in the party.

Captain Amarinder Singh’s resignation

Apart from this today, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh resigned. He handed over his resignation to the governor. Earlier today it was reported the Amarinder Singh was anxious as the MLAs had written to Congress President Sonia Gandhi. Captain’s son Raninder Singh tweeted the photo of resignation.

Several media reports also said that Sonia Gandhi had told Captain to resign and therefore the emergency meeting was schedule in the evening. The meeting which will be held at 5pm will now decide who will become the new Chief Minister of Punjab.

This comes a day after at least 40 legislators wrote to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, seeking a CLP meeting to chalk out a strategy for the Punjab polls in 2022 amid an ongoing tussle between Amarinder and Sidhu. The leaders had shot off a letter apparently against Captain, alleging that hardly anything was being done towards the fulfilment of the 18-point programme issued by the party high command.

The meeting, just days after the party brokered a tenuous detente between Amarinder Singh and his in-house rival Navjot Singh Sidhu, signalled a leadership change in the Punjab Congress government months before state polls.

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