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Make Sharad Pawar chief after merging NCP with Cong: Athawale

The Republican Party of India (A) president also said that such decision should be taken jointly by the Congress and Pawar

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Congress | Ramdas Athawale | NCP

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Mahadev Jankar, President Rashtriya Samaj Paksh, Ramdas Athavle, President, Republican Party of India (RPI), Raju Shetty, President, Swabhiman Sanghatana at a media conference in Mumbai
Athawale''s merger suggestion came against the backdrop of a leadership churn in the Congress, with a group of leaders demanding a "full-time and active leadership".

Observing that Sonia Gandhi and

Rahul Gandhi are not keen on donning the mantle of president, Union minister on Saturday suggested the be merged with the grand old party and be made new chief of the merged entity.

The Republican Party of India (A) president also said that such decision should be taken jointly by the and Pawar.

"Currently, Rahul and Sonia Gandhi are not keen on becoming the president. It is my instruction to Congress of getting merged and making party president. The decision should be jointly taken by Pawar and the Congress," Athawale tweeted.

Athawale's merger suggestion came against the backdrop of a leadership churn in the Congress, with a group of leaders demanding a "full-time and active leadership".

In a Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting held last month, party leaders urged Sonia Gandhi to continue as its interim chief till an AICC session can be convened and authorised her to effect necessary organisational changes to deal with the challenges facing the party.

Pawar had quit the Congress in 1999 over the issue of 'foreign origin' of Sonia Gandhi and formed the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Sat, September 05 2020. 20:01 IST
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