Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi (file photo)
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A senior party leader says that only a dozen leaders in the name of G-23 are doing harm to themselves and the party by running such a campaign. Some of the leaders who signed the letter in the initial phase had made their stand clear by meeting the leadership, so those faces were not in Jammu. While some of them also want to appear dissatisfied and appear satisfied when the opportunity arises. According to a leader close to Rahul, the quartet of dissidents Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Kapil Sibal and Manish Tiwari are airing this movement.
The biggest question is about the Hooda family involved in G-23. Former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupendra Singh Hooda is openly showing rebellion under the leadership of Ghulam Nabi Azad. While his MP son Deepender is distancing himself from this, he is referring to Rahul Gandhi’s camp. This is the reason why there was no opposition in the party to send him to the Rajya Sabha from Haryana. Haryana in-charge Vivek Bansal is not ready to say anything about this but he says that the party leadership is taking cognizance of everything.
Vivek Tankha, a Rajya Sabha MP from Madhya Pradesh, is said to be close to Digvijay Singh and also recommended sending him to the Rajya Sabha in 2017 but says that Tankha has become a part of the movement at the behest of Kapil Sibal. Tankha’s tenure in Rajya Sabha is also ending in 2022. Several months ago, the party leadership sent Mallikarjun Kharge to Rajya Sabha as an alternative to Ghulam Nabi Azad. After Azad’s term ended, Deputy Leader Anand Sharma looked forward to the post of Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, but the party leadership remained firm on its decision.
One reason for Kapil Sibal’s displeasure is the preference being received by Dr. Abhishek Manu Singhvi. The party is leading Singhvi in all the legal stipulations. The reason for Mukul Wasnik’s displeasure in the party is the reduction in his rights. Wasnik wanted to go to the Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra, but Rahul sent his close friend Rajiv Satav. At the same time, before the Vidhan Sabha elections in Kerala, Wasnik took charge there. Manish Tiwari has been angry for a long time and after winning the Lok Sabha elections, the seniority was sidelined and made Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary the leader of the party.