In order to streamline and broader the base of the party, Congress Vice-president Rahul Gandhi, on Tuesday, unveiled some plans in a high-level panel meeting. The Congress Working Committee meeting was held to decide party’s position on key issues including formulation of cells to reach out professionals and traders. As per a report by Indian Express, the CWC has also approved the docket for party’s internal elections which are likely to elevate Rahul as the national president of Congress by mid-October.
Even during the last CWC meting held in November last year, the panel asked Rahul to take over as the Congress president. The recent meeting’s agenda was to approve the election schedule, however, the Indian Express sources said that there were no demands for his immediate takeover. It is all said that the committee came to a consensus that Rahul could take over as the party chief through an organisational poll process.
The report also stated that Congress VP said the CWC that he was thinking about making some potential changes in the state units that are not active and the sub-group headed by him would be set up to explicate the party line on various key issues. As per various party leaders, this move was aimed at clarifying party’s stand on various issues so that leaders do not give out contrary statements.
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The report further stated that the party would soon form cells or department for traders. Rahul said that two new party cells — for traders and professionals — would be formed soon, informed a source. In the recent past, the Congress party has also said that it would formulation an Overseas Congress similarly as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has. Commenting on the organisational challenges, president Sonia Gandhi said that the recently conducted Assembly polls in various states particularly Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand held vital lessons for the party.
She also spoke on the fact that despite emerging as the single largest party in states like Manipur and Goa, the party could not form governments. “We failed to convert our winning numbers into forming a government. This outcome reminds us that the BJP will use their enormous resources and muscle power to steal mandates from us, just as they did in Arunachal and earlier in Uttarakhand. We cannot let this happen again,” Indian Express quoted her saying.