G23 Unpopular Choice In Congress Party Power Reshuffle
Delhi -The G23 leaders in Congress Party have a slim chance of leadership roles coming next year, say political analysts. Congress Party is gearing up for their internal elections that will pan out in a phased manner- block, then district and then at a state level.
At the state level and beyond is where elections will be done to decide the head of the party, the Congress working committee (CWC) and the central election committee (CEC). Christened as G23, the group of rebel leaders had joined the party last year. They have openly sought a rejig of the party structure, as Congress gears up for the 2022 organizational elections.
The election phases have been announced as follows: April 16, 2022, for block-level, July 20, 2022, for state-level bodies, and August 20 next year of Pradesh Congress Committees. The much-awaited election for the overall party president will take place by September 20 next year. It is evident that this time, the G23 leaders will need support from the party’s state units to push their luck in the elections for the CWC and the CEC.
A birdie flowing around is claiming that Rahul Gandhi is in line for succession once again, with the 2019 debacle and his subsequent fallout for the presidential position. The party elections are significant as the G23 leaders wrote to Congress president Sonia Gandhi last year, demanding a major reshuffle within the organization. They also sought more say in the decision-making process.
But the G23 gang does not have popular votes; something required for them to secure positions of power within the party circuit. The leader said Ghulam Nabi Azad is likely to remain in the party’s apex executive body, but at least two other seniors, both Rajya Sabha members, face an uncertain future. “The G23 could have flexed some muscles in Punjab, but with the exit of Captain Amrinder Singh from the party and the appointment of Charanjit Singh Channi as CM and Navjot Singh Sidhu as PCC chief, things are firmly in control of the Congress high command,” said another Congress leader.