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"Chidambaram Told Sonia Gandhi He'd Quit Rajya Sabha If Ticket Wasn't Given To His Son Karti," Claims Himanta Biswa Sarma Amid Congress Tumult

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Published:

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  • BJP senior leader Himanta Biswa Sarma reveals, P. Chidambaram gave an ultimatum to Sonia Gandhi
  • He further said that Rajya Sabha MP Kumari Selja objected over the presence of Rahul Gandhi's staff in the CWC meeting

BJP senior leader Himanta Biswa Sarma has made a series of enormous revelations over the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting. 

In an interaction with the media, he divulged the details of the CWC meeting alleging that former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram put a condition before UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi saying that he would resign from his Rajya Sabha seat in case a ticket was not given to his son, Karti Chidambaram. 

He said, "Whatever has happened in CWC, Rahul Gandhi has given tickets so many times to son and daughter of many established leaders. In the CWC, he accused Chidambaram, (saying) why have you given a ticket to Karti Chidambaram." 

"Then it has also come to light that two months prior to the elections, Mr Chidambaram had met Sonia Gandhi and told her that if you don't give ticket to my son, I'll quit my Rajya Sabha seat," he added. 

It was further alleged that Rajya Sabha MP Kumari Selja objected over the presence of Rahul Gandhi's staff in the meeting and that Madhya Pradesh CM allegedly questioned senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia that how could be take the Chief Ministerial chair if he has lost his seat. 

He said, "In the CWC meeting, Rahul Gandhi's staff was also present at the meeting then Kumari Selja raised huge objection opposed it heavily that anyone can't keep their staff in CWC meeting."

"Kamal Nath accused Jyotiraditya Scindia (saying) that how can you think of becoming Madhya Pradesh chief minister when you have lost your seat in the hands of your private assistant. So there was full drama that day in CWC. I think Congress has reduced to this level now and there is no future of Congress, so I think whatever has happened within Congress now it is very inconsequential to us," he added. 

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Amid the turmoil, another meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) has been called to discuss the future course of action at Rahul Gandhi's residence, with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Jyotiraditya Scindia in presence.

As per inputs, Rahul Gandhi is insistent on his decision to step down as Congress party president. At the previous CWC meeting, his resignation offer was rejected as the party instead allegedly unanimously asked him to remain and guide them, and even bestowed upon him full authority to overhaul the party. 

Sources have informed Republic of factions within the Congress not being satisfied with the party's decision to not effect a change at the top after the poll debacle, which saw the Congress effectively being whitewashed in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh - two states where they had only recently formed governments, and Rahul Gandhi also losing his Amethi bastion to Smriti Irani.

As per Congress insiders, AK Antony and Sachin Pilot are among those whose names are being strongly touted, whereas Prithviraj Chavan is considered a dark horse in the race. 

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Since the May 23 results in which the Congress managed to win just 52 seats - six more than its lowest-ever Lok Sabha polls tally in 2014 - the resignations have come in thick and fast, and from all over the country.

Congress chiefs of Madhya Pradesh (M.P CM Kamal Nath), Uttar Pradesh (Raj Babbar), Odisha (Niranjan Patnaik), Assam (Ripun Bora), Jharkhand (Dr Ajoy Kumar), Punjab (Sunil Jhakar, on account of his own loss to BJP's Sunny Deol in Gurdaspur) are among the many names that have resigned.

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