Everything is not going well in Congress these days. Angered by being sidelined, the party high command has started efforts to persuade senior Congress leader Anand Sharma. Congress President Sonia Gandhi herself took the initiative and sent Rajeev Shukla to persuade the angry Anand Sharma.
It is believed that efforts are being made by the Congress leadership to convince Anand Sharma to withdraw his resignation. Just before the Himachal Pradesh assembly elections, the Congress high command does not want to risk the displeasure of a senior leader like Anand Sharma.
Congress sources say that Congress General Secretary KC Venugopal also called up Sharma and discussed the issues raised by him. After meeting Sharma, Shukla told reporters, "It is my responsibility to meet him (Sharma). He is dedicated to the party and there is no problem.
Former Union minister Anand Sharma had on Sunday resigned as the chairman of the screening committee of the party's state unit. His move is being seen as a big setback for the Congress. Sharma was appointed as the chairman of the party's steering committee in Himachal Pradesh on 26 April. Before him, another G-23 group leader Ghulam Nabi Azad had turned down the post of Congress' election campaign committee chairman in Jammu and Kashmir.
Sharma is a prominent leader of the G-23, a group of disgruntled Congress leaders.The disgruntled leaders of the party are demanding a change in the party leadership to strengthen the party.After meeting Anand Sharma, Shukla told that Anand Sharma is a senior Congress leader and he has contributed significantly in strengthening the party.His point will be conveyed to the party leadership.