It’s about building leadership that can lead the party for the next 10 to 15 years, says one veteran.

The leadership of Congress is attempting a balancing act by trying to promote younger leadership in the states while reaching out to the old guard.

Over the past few days, as the party waged a very public leadership struggle in Punjab, The Hindu learned that Congress President Sonia Gandhi contacted senior members of the 23 dissident group (G-23) – who wrote to her about the party overhaul last year – as well as other veterans .

These leaders include Ghulam Nabi Azad, Kamal Nath, Anand Sharma and Digvijaya Singh, a source said on Wednesday.

There is no official word on the agendas for these meetings but the head of Congress has reportedly discussed organizational matters and the political situation.

While most of these meetings have been held out of sight of the media, his meeting with the former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh has sparked speculation that Mr Nath may be entrusted with great responsibility within the government. congressional committee of India as a reshuffle occurs.

Mr. Nath, however, denied the information and said he was in no rush to leave Madhya Pradesh, where he heads the party.

However, Ms. Gandhi’s schedule of political meetings with senior leaders is significant: it comes at a time when the party appears to be experimenting with state-level leadership.

While Congress has yet to resolve disputes between Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and former CPC leader Sachin Pilot in Rajasthan, the appointment of Navjot Singh Sidhu as head of the Punjab Congress Committee (CPC) despite strong opposition from Chief Minister Capt (retired) Amarinder Singh gave the impression that Gandhi’s siblings – Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra – are now ready to fully support young leaders and relieve seniors .

In such a context, the congressional leader’s meeting with veterans could help bridge the gap. But it’s also clear that Mr. Sidhu’s elevation appears to be part of a larger congressional plan to promote younger leadership in the United States, though some of them may have joined the party. recently.

Like Mr Sidhu, Lok Sabha member Revanth Reddy joined Congress in October 2017. But the former two-term Telugu Desam Party MP was recently named Telangana Congressman.

In Gujarat, where Assembly elections are slated for late 2022, youth leader Hardik Patel, who had come from Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), was appointed current CPC chairman last year. .

“It’s not about disrespecting elders, it’s about building leadership that can lead the party for the next 10 to 15 years. That’s why we need young leaders in the United States, ”said one senior leader.