Congress brass signals thaw, names ‘dissident’ Azad chief of Covid task force | India News

NEW DELHI: In what seems a major step in the direction of reconciliation within the dissidence-ridden Congress put up a poor rating within the meeting polls, the get together on Tuesday named veteran Ghulam Nabi Azad to move a “Covid aid job power” that may coordinate the get together’s pandemic mitigation actions.
Azad is a number one member of the dissident bloc, G-23, which final yr by means of a letter to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi strongly questioned the drift within the management after the 2019 ballot debacle and sought important reforms and collective management to set the ship proper.
Additionally, Maharashtra minister and former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan has been named as chairman of the committee which can “consider” outcomes of the meeting elections and submit a report “inside two weeks”. The opposite members of the committee are Salman Khurshid, MP, Manish Tewari, who can be a signatory to the G-23 letter, and MPs Vincent Pala and Jothi Mani.
The get together’s defeat in Kerala, Assam, Puducherry and West Bengal has precipitated critical unease in Congress ranks whilst success in Tamil Nadu got here as a junior associate of DMK. It touched off a debate within the assembly of the CWC on Monday the place Sonia Gandhi introduced a probe panel.
However Azad heading a celebration committee is a major transfer. The senior Congress chief has issued conciliatory statements within the wake of the debacle within the latest meeting elections. In an interview to TOI (Could 3) after the decision, as a substitute of issuing any essential assertion, he stated the outcomes have been disappointing but it surely was not the time to dwell into the explanations for the defeat and as a substitute was a second to make sure unity within the get together for a targeted battle towards the pandemic. Even within the CWC assembly on Monday, Azad caught to this line whereas making pointed observations on alliances and the massive image.
The lodging of Azad in a management place is a serious departure from the heartburn brought on by the controversial letter by G-23 searching for reforms and questioning the management of Rahul Gandhi, despite the fact that it didn’t identify him, by calling for a full-time get together chief. Azad’s reported reward for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a Jammu rally in February, following his retirement from Rajya Sabha which itself grew to become a supply of friction, additionally led to criticism inside the get together. He was saved out of the latest meeting election marketing campaign in 5 states.
The opposite members of the Covid aid job power are Ambika Soni, Mukul Wasnik, Pawan Bansal, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, KC Venugopal, Jairam Ramesh, Randeep Surjewala, Manish Chatrath, Ajoy Kumar, Pawan Khera, Gurdeep Sappal and Youth Congress chief BV Srinivas.
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