Kamal Nath responds to rumours floating his name for AICC president post
A meeting between Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath and AICC interim chief Sonia Gandhi has spared nationwide speculation among Congressmen that the party will hand over the baton to him. However, the Congress stalwart reportedly has said otherwise.
A day after Congress stalwart and former CM of Madhya Pradesh Kamal Nath met the All India Congress Committee interim president Sonia Gandhi, there was speculation of Nath occupying the top post. But the leader now has stated that the meeting was not related to AICC leadership but with respect to the Punjab crisis.
As Punjab will face election and the sitting government facing internal rebellion, Congress is said to be working out modalities to bring warring factions together and yesterday's meeting was purely on that front.
While Nath, a close confidant of Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh and Priyanka Gandha who also attended yesterday's meet, shares a good equation with Navjoth Singh Sidhu who is on warpath with CM. It is said Nath and Gandhis are trying to ensure the difference between the two Punjab Congress leaders does not escalate further.
As his name was doing rounds as full-term AICC president after the meeting, the leader reportedly junked the reports saying he does not want to return to national politics now and would rather stick to Madhya Pradesh and work for the party organization.
As per reports, Sonia Gandhi sees him as a troubleshooter and a bridge between the group of 23 dissenting top Congressmen who had written a letter seeking a sweeping change in Congress working style.
The leader also had recently met NCP supremo Sharad Pawar in Delhi hinting at the formation of a strong unit to take on BJP in 2024 Lok Sabha polls.
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