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Sonia resignation is to set things right : Dwivedi

Written by: Staff
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New Delhi, Mar 23 (UNI) The Congress today said the resignation of its Party President Sonia Gandhi from the membership of Lok Sabha and the post of National Advisory Council (NAC) was intended to "set things right." Party General Secretary Janardhan Dwivedi told UNI at 10 Janpath immediately after Ms Gandhi announced her resignations that her action was in tune with the highest values of public life .

He said Ms Gandhi did not want to continue in the posts in the context of some people trying to create an atmosphere as if the Parliament and the government were used to favour her.

When Ms Gandhi made the announcement by reading out a statement in the courtyard of her official residence , her son and Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi was seen standing behind.

Unlike the emotional atmosphere in May 2004 when she made announcement about her decision to renounce prime ministership, the scene was different this time in front of her official residence where there were no mass gathering of party leaders and workers.

However, 30 minutes later local party workers had started gatheringon the road facing 10 Janpath and shouted slogans in support of Ms Gandhi.

Inside the Janpath residence also, only a few leaders like Ms Gandhi's political secretary Ahmed Patel and Mr Dwivedi and AICC Secretary in charge of media Tom Vadakkan were seen there at the time of the announcement by Ms Gandhi.

Mediapersons had started thronging the Janpath residence of Ms Gandhi by 1430 following a brief SMS message to Congress beat correspondents from the media department that an urgent press statement was to be made there at 1425 hrs.

However, speculation had been rife, since morning, about Ms Gandhi making one more renunciation in her political life.

Ms Gandhi made the appearance before the newsmen at 1510 hrs and read out a two-paragraph statement in Hindi within two minutes.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Home Minister Shivraj Patil had already left Ms Gandhi's residence after the meeting with Ms Gandhi.

She did not wait for any questions from the mediapersons, though newsmen managed to put two questions. She replied to one of the two questions on whether she would contest the elections again. While giving an affirmative reply, she evaded the other question on whether the government would bring forward the controversial ordinance to save some more leaders from disqualification for holding offices of profit.

UNI SH/YS RP KN1651

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