After the meeting, Hooda Ghulam visited Nabi Azad at his home.

Under mounting pressure from G-23 leaders seeking an organizational overhaul, former Congress Speaker Rahul Gandhi met former Haryana Prime Minister and senior party leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda in New Delhi today. Rahul is said to have spoken of a revamp of the party and the way forward after losing the parliamentary elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Manipur and Punjab.

After the meeting, Hooda Ghulam visited Nabi Azad at his home. Azad is part of the G-23 group of dissident congressional leaders who have demanded a change of leadership for greater accountability and a better roadmap to wake Congress from its slumber. G-23 leaders met in the national capital last night and decided to call for a model of collective leadership. Hooda was also part of the gathering which was also attended by Shashi Throor and Mani Shankar Aiyar.

According to a PTI report, Hooda and Azad discussed concrete proposals to strengthen Congress and ensure collective leadership and decision-making, as demanded by the group that met yesterday and signed a joint statement. The report alleged that Congressional deputy leader in Rajya Sabha and another G-23 leader Anand Sharma also joined Hooda at Azad’s residence in deliberations.

G-23 leaders had said the only way forward for Congress was to adopt a model of inclusive and collective leadership and decision-making at all levels. The leaders have said their goal is to strengthen, not undermine, Congress.

Rahul Gandhi’s meeting with Hooda is important in the context of the G23 statement and the telephone conversation that Azad had with Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday to convey the intentions of the meeting at his home. According to the report, Azad is likely to meet with Sonia Gandhi soon with proposals and talks were underway about a course correction within the party.

(with PTI inputs)

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