Terming the coup that had left Congress "defamed", Maharashtra Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam has said that Rahul Gandhi should get over his disappointment and return to decision-making in the party.
He also demanded that Sonia Gandhi should dissolve the Congress Working Committee (CWC). Mr Nirupam said the coup had left Congress "defamed" as it was forced to attempt a "back-door approach" to power. "What advice did the CWC give Sonia Gandhi? I urge Sonia Gandhi to dissolve the CWC, they cannot be trusted anymore. My advice is that a new CWC take shape under Rahul Gandhi's leadership, he will work on ethics and have the party's interest in mind, not work like this by taking a backdoor approach," Sanjay Nirupam said.
Mr Nirupam, for the past many days were advising the Congress against any alliance with the ideologically opposed Shiv Sena, his former party and a long-term BJP ally. Mr Nirupam said the Congress leaders tasked with negotiating a Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance to keep the BJP out had no clue of the realities of Maharashtra.