Sonia Gandhi remembers Ghulam Nabi Azad after Congress's crushing defeat

New Delhi: Following the humiliating defeat in the assembly elections, leaders of the disgruntled G-23 group of the Congress met on Wednesday to brainstorm on the party's current situation and the strategy ahead. Meanwhile, congress interim president Sonia Gandhi is said to have spoken to the party's veteran leader Ghulam Nabi Azad as the first of the G-23 leaders. 

Sources said that a meeting is going to be held between Sonia and some leaders. The G-23 leaders said the "only way" for the party was to "adopt a model of collective and inclusive leadership and decision-making" at all levels. Some of the G-23 leaders have held a meeting at Ghulam Nabi Azad's residence over dinner on Wednesday. The meeting was attended by former Union Ministers Kapil Sibbal, Anand Sharma, Manish Tewari, Shashi Tharoor and several other leaders. 

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