Congress forms 3 panels in revival bid ahead of 2024; Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma brought on board

The political affairs group includes Rahul Gandhi and two prominent G-23 members — Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma.

The Congress on Sunday announced a list of 10 candidates for the upper house elections in 57 seats across 15 states.

Days after brainstorming on party’s revival at the ‘Chintan Shivir’, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday announced three groups — on political affairs for guidance on key issues, Task Force-2024 to implement the Udaipur ‘Nav Sankalp’ declaration and another to coordinate the October 2 ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’. 

The political affairs group includes Rahul Gandhi and two prominent G-23 members — Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma. Meanwhile, senior leaders P Chidambaram and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra have been included in Task Force-2024. 

Sonia Gandhi has also set up another group to coordinate the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ planned from Kanyakumari to Kashmir from Gandhi Jayanti.

“Following the Udaipur Nav Sankalp Shivir, the Congress president has constituted a Political Affairs Group that will be presided over by her, a Task-Force-2024 and a Central Planning Group for the coordination of the “Bharat Jodo Yatra”, an official communication from the party said.

The Political Affairs Group, headed by Sonia Gandhi, comprises Rahul Gandhi, Mallikarjun Kharge, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ambika Soni, Digvijaya Singh, Anand Sharma, K C Venugopal and Jitendra Singh.

The members of the Task Force-2024 are P Chidambaram, Mukul Wasnik, Jairam Ramesh, K C Venugopal, Ajay Maken, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Randeep Singh Surjewala and Sunil Kanugolu.

Kanugolu is a former associate of election strategist Prashant Kishor, who had recently turned down the Congress’ offer to join the party. 

“Each member of the Task Force shall be assigned specific tasks related to organisation, communications and media, outreach, finance and election Management.

“They shall have designated teams which will be notified subsequently,” the statement said, adding the Task Force will also follow up on the Udaipur Nav Sankalp declaration.

The Central Planning Group for the Coordination of the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ includes Digvijaya Singh, Sachin Pilot, Shashi Tharoor, Ravneet Singh Bittu, K J George, Jothi Mani, Pradyut Bordoloi, Jitu Patwari and Saleem Ahmed.

All members of the task force and all heads of the Congress’ frontal organisations will be ex officio members of the central group, the statement said.

(With PTI inputs)

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