Rahul Gandhi Flies To Bangkok?: Leaves India Ahead Of Two State Polls

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Adding to the turmoil in the Grand Old Party, former party president Rahul Gandhi, on Saturday, has left for Bangkok from New Delhi, according to sources

Written By Suchitra Karthikeyan | Mumbai | Updated On:

Adding to the turmoil in the Grand Old Party, former party president Rahul Gandhi, on Saturday, has left for Bangkok, according to sources. Sources report that the Gandhi scion has boarded an 8:25 PM flight from Delhi to Bangkok. The reason for Rahul Gandhi's Bangkok trip is unknown, as of now. This move by the Wayanad MP comes in the wake of the Congress being split into two camps - Sonia Gandhi's supporters and Rahul Gandhi's supporters ahead of the Maharashtra and Haryana state Assembly polls.

READ | Rahul Gandhi's aide Ashok Tanwar goes after Cong, alleges 'conspiracy'

Ashok Tanwar quits, lashes at Congress camps

Earlier in the day, Former Haryana chief Ashok Tanwar resigned from the party. Inspite of being named as the party's star campaigner for the upcoming assembly polls, he resigned saying that reasons to quit the party are known to all. His decision comes amid reports of tussle in the Haryana Congress between Tanwar and Bhupinder Singh Hooda. After his resignation, he addressed a press briefing, where he launched a scathing attack at internal opportunism within the Congress party, stating that in the party system, 'well-established' people exploit other leaders. Ashok Tanwar went on to hint that the senior leadership in the Congress party has exploited and sidelined the younger leaders. 

READ | Haryana polls: Ashok Tanwar quits Congress, exposes internal 'lobbies'

Congress infighting

Infighting within the Congress in the poll-bound states of Maharashtra and Haryana has been a major setback for the party. In Haryana there has been a divide, with one group supporting Bhupinder Singh Hooda and the other Ashok Tanwar. Meanwhile, in Maharashtra, former Mumbai chief of the party Sanjay Nirupam has revolted openly against the party. A long-drawn tussle has been going on between Nirupam and another Congress leader Milind Deora. Addressing a press conference just a day ahead of Tanwar's resignation, Nirupam said that the Congress party's central leadership is surrounded by sycophants. 

Apart from these tussles, there has been a  long drawn tussle between Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Deputy CM Sachin Pilot. There has been bad blood between the two since 2018 when Gehlot had been chosen as CM over Pilot. The two have publically contradicted each other many times. Recently, Pilot had expressed concerns about the law and order in the state, while Gehlot had called it a media stunt.

READ | Congress to replace its Haryana chief Ashok Tanwar: Sources

Similarly, former Guna MP Jyotiraditya Scindia has locked horns with Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath on many issues. Following the state polls in 2018, which the Congress won, Scindia, as per sources, was miffed about not being elected CM. Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the party’s cadre was split to choose between Scindia and Kamal Nath to head the MP Congress. The tussle reached its last straw when Scindia had given a ten-day ultimatum to the party to make him the Madhya Pradesh Congress chief.

WATCH | Haryana Cong protests at Sonia Gandhi's gate over 'cash for tickets'

Rahul Gandhi's resignation - the first sign of turmoil

Congress has been facing major turmoil since Rahul Gandhi quit from his post as party president. This led to a barrage of resignations from posts like Milind Deora, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Priyanka Chaturvedi and many more. The party barely managed to raise their numbers in the Lok Sabha after winning a mere 44 seats. Amidst a lot of turmoil, Congress finally went back to their safe option and named Sonia Gandhi as its interim chief.

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