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Ghulam Nabi Azad meets Sonia, puts forward suggestions to strengthen Congress

By Pti
Google Oneindia News

New Delhi, Mar 18: G-23 leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday met Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday and said he conveyed suggestions to strengthen the party. It comes a day after the members of the dissenting G-23 group held a flurry of meetings over measures to revamp the organisation.

Ghulam Nabi Azad meet Sonia Gandhi at Janpath

Talking to reporters, after meeting Sonia Gandhi, Azad said that he had a good meeting with the Congress president with the discussion centred on how to prepare and fight unitedly the forthcoming assembly polls to take on rival parties.

Playing down the meeting, he told reporters that it "may be news for you but we keep meeting the Congress president at various intervals". "Mrs Gandhi keeps having discussions with leaders to strengthen the organisation... A few days ago the working committee had met and suggestions were asked as to how to strengthen the Congress party and what were the reasons for the defeat (in five assembly polls). I had also given my suggestions," he said.

However, it is not possible to record and remember all suggestions, he added. Azad said he reiterated suggestions to strengthen the Congress organisation. The meeting comes a day after members of the G-23 held a flurry of meetings over measures to revamp the party.

After the Group of 23 pitched for an "inclusive and collective leadership" in the Congress, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, one of its members, met Rahul Gandhi on Thursday and the two leaders were learnt to have discussed a revamp of the party organisation, a key demand of the dissenters. The meetings are being seen as an attempt by the Gandhi family to reach out to the G-23, which has shown signs of increasing aggression on the leadership issue after Congress' abject loss in the assembly elections in five states.

Earlier on Friday, Azad also met veteran Congress leader Karan Singh and said he came to greet Singh on Holi. Rahul Gandhi, a former Congress president, had called Hooda for a discussion on the political situation in Haryana.

However, the discussion spilled over to the party's abysmal performance in the elections. Sonia Gandhi had earlier reached out to Azad on Wednesday ahead of the G-23 dinner meeting at his residence. The leaders of the grouping have since held a series of meetings at Azad's residence.

The party leadership wants to resolve the differences with the G-23 and is reaching out to its leaders. It is learnt to have deputed some senior leaders for parleys with the dissenting group to resolve the differences, according to sources. PTI

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