Sonia Gandhi’s statement to the G23 during the CWC meeting: “I’m a full-time, hands-on Congress president.”

Sonia Gandhi emphasised on Saturday that she is a full-time, hands-on party president and that leaders do not need to speak to her through the media, days after some parts of the Congress questioned the absence of an elected party boss.

Without identifying anyone, Gandhi emphasised at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting that while every member wishes for the party’s revival, it can only be achieved through unity, self-control, discipline, and putting the party’s interests first.

Her remarks came after some leaders of the group of 23, including Kapil Sibal, who had sought organisational overhaul, recently questioned who in the Congress was taking decisions in the absence of a full-time party president

Ghulam Nabi Azad and Sibal had also demanded an early meeting of the CWC to discuss the declining fortunes of the party in the wake of recent defections

“I am, if you will allow me to say so, a full-time and hands-on Congress president,” Sonia Gandhi asserted

The 74-year-old leader underscored that she has always appreciated frankness and in a veiled message to G23 leaders, including Sibal who recently questioned the decision-making process in the party, said “there is no need to speak to me through the media”

“So, let us all have a free and honest discussion. But what should get communicated outside the four walls of this room is the collective decision of the CWC,” she said in her opening remarks at the meeting

Gandhi also placed on the table the party’s organisational election schedule before the CWC

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