Collusion with BJP allegation: Congress leader Kapil Sibal withdraws tweet against Rahul Gandhi
New Delhi/IBNS: In more drama within the country's oldest party, Congress leader Kapil Sibal has withdrawn his tweet against Rahul Gandhi over the "collusion with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)" accusation.
Sibal withdrew his tweet after he was told by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi that the accusation was not "attributed" to the senior leader.
Sibal tweeted, "Was informed by Rahul Gandhi personally that he never said what was attributed to him . I therefore withdraw my tweet ." (sic)
Was informed by Rahul Gandhi personally that he never said what was attributed to him .— Kapil Sibal (@KapilSibal) August 24, 2020
I therefore withdraw my tweet .
At the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting which is underway, Rahul has questioned the timing of the letter sent by his 23 party colleagues calling for a change in the leadership at all levels, a day after his mother Sonia Gandhi expressed her desire to step down as the outfit's president.
Reportedly, Rahul had accused two senior leaders Sibal and Ghulam Nabi Azad of "colluding with the BJP".
Hitting back at his former party chief, Sibal had tweeted, ""Rahul Gandhi says “we are colluding with BJP “Succeeded in Rajasthan High Court defending the Congress Party. Defending party in Manipur to bring down BJP Govt. Last 30 years have never made a statement in favour of BJP on any issue. Yet “ we are colluding with the BJP “!"
In a letter, 23 Congress leaders including five Chief Ministers had called for sweeping changes at all levels of the party.
The Congress, which had ruled the country for decades since Independence in 1947, was decimated in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections by the Narendra Modi-led BJP, getting reduced to 40 odd seats across the country.
The 2019 Lok Sabha polls were nothing short of a mere replay of the 2014 setback for the Congress, as the grand old party just managed to cross 50 seats in the vast country of 1.3 billion people.
After Rahul had stepped down as the party chief in 2019, Sonia was appointed as the interim president of the Congress.