Sonia Gandhi to step down as Congress President


NEW DELHI: Congress President Sonia Gandhi in her reply to top Congress leaders’ letter expressed willingness to step down from her post adding that the party should choose a new chief. The letter was written by 23 party leaders including those from the Congress Working Committee (CWC) over the state of affairs in the party.

It is being said that a five-page letter drafted by two senior leaders and then discussed and signed by others has not openly criticised either Sonia Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi but it is being seen as a distrust and charge sheet against the party high command, especially Rahul Gandhi.

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Kapil Sibal, Manish Tiwari, Shashi Tharoor, Jitin Prasad, Veerappa Moily, Sandeep Dikshit, Pramod Tiwari, PJ Kurien are being named as signatories on this letter. However, none of these leaders are accepting that they are signatories to the communication. While the Congress has also denied that it has received any such letter, sources in the party said this exercise has been done from the state level where former PCC Presidents are involved.