"G-23, Not Ji Huzoor-23," Says The 'Rebels' In Congress

Punjab Kapil Sibal's remarks come amid a crisis in the Punjab Congress, where state president Navjot Sidhu has resigned just days after laying the groundwork for party stalwart Amarinder Singh's ouster as Chief Minister.

"G-23, Not Ji Huzoor-23," Says The 'Rebels' In Congress
"G-23, Not Ji Huzoor-23," Says The 'Rebels' In Congress

As the Congress battles exits and crises around the country, a leader of the "G-23," or group of 23 party dissidents, has written a new letter to Sonia Gandhi in the wake of last year's bombshell, while another has questioned top-level decisions. Ghulam Nabi Azad has written to the temporary leader, requesting that Congress's top body convene to nominate a full-time president.

"G-23, not Ji Huzoor-23," says the 'Rebels' in Congress. Punjab Kapil Sibal's remarks come amid a crisis in the Punjab Congress, where state president Navjot Sidhu has resigned just days after laying the groundwork for party stalwart Amarinder Singh's ouster as Chief Minister. 

As the Congress battles exits and crises around the country, a leader of the "G-23," or group of 23 party dissidents, has written a new letter to Sonia Gandhi in the wake of last year's bombshell, while another has questioned top-level decisions. Ghulam Nabi Azad has written to the temporary leader, requesting that Congress's top body convene to nominate a full-time president

. The irony of the Congress is that the chosen ones, those who are close to them (Gandhis) have left and those who they think are not close to them are still there," Mr Sibal said.

"We won't leave the ideology of the party or go anywhere else. The Congress is the only party that can save this republic because the present dispensation is destroying the foundations of our republic."
The "G-23" first wrote an unprecedented letter last year to Sonia Gandhi asking for sweeping changes in the party and a "visible and effective leadership". Since then, various leaders have reminded the Gandhis that nothing has changed on the ground and the Congress down spiral continues.

In Punjab, with polls just four months away, a series of disastrous decisions saw the Gandhis backing Navjot Singh Sidhu against Amarinder Singh, who quit as Chief Minister and accused the party of humiliating him thrice. Yesterday, Mr Sidhu quit as Punjab Congress chief just two months after he took charge, leaving the party adrift in a poll-bound state where it was in a strong position even months ago.

"Punjab is a state on the outskirts of India. Pakistan takes advantage of the situation "Mr Sibal echoed Amarinder Singh's criticism of the party for entrusting Punjab's leadership to Mr Sidhu. Sushmita Dev and Luizinho Faleiro, among others, have left Congress in recent weeks. When Jyotiraditya Scindia, one of Rahul Gandhi's closest confidantes, shifted to the BJP last year, the nosebleed began. Jitin Prasada followed suit earlier this year. The party has failed to reconcile the conflict between Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot in Rajasthan. 

Mr Faleiro, a veteran Goa leader, was being welcomed aboard by the Trinamool Congress in Kolkata as Mr Sibal addressed the media this afternoon."I am really very, very upset that I have to come to you. But we have no choice. I can't see the Congress in this situation," Mr Sibal told reporters.

Later in the evening, members of the Indian Youth Congress held protests outside Kapil Sibal's residence, holding "Get Well Soon, Kapil Sibal" placards.