Sonia Gandhi starts Congress Working Committee meeting: Will discuss Opposition unity, current political situation

New Delhi: The Congress Working Committee (CWC), chaired by party president Sonia Gandhi, met in New Delhi on Tuesday to discuss the current political situation and the upcoming presidential poll.

The highest decision-making body of the party met at the residence of Sonia Gandhi and was attended by party vice-president Rahul Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh.

Top Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, P Chidambaram, Ambika Soni, Janardan Dwiwedi and other CWC members were present during the meeting.

The leaders are likely to discuss the current political situation in the country and the issue of forging a larger opposition unity.

File image of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. Reuters

File image of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. Reuters

Senior members of the CWC are likely to discuss the raging issue of cow vigilantism and also the economic situation, party sources said.

They said the CWC is expected to ratify the schedule for organisational polls. According to the schedule, the next Congress president has to be elected by 15 October.

The CWC is meeting at a time when the Congress is seeking to unite opposition parties ahead of the presidential election.

It wants a broad coalition of opposition parties in place ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections to take on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The BJP and its allies have gained in strength since the Modi government was formed in May 2014.

The CWC members had in November unanimously expressed "strong sentiment" for Rahul's elevation for the first time and may take it further.

At the 7 November meeting, all members, including former prime minister Manmohan Singh and senior leader AK Antony, had made a strong pitch for Rahul to take over the reins of the party.

The Congress president has created a record by being at the helm of the 130-year-old organisation for nearly two decades since late Sitaram Kesri's ouster by the CWC in early 1998.

Rahul was appointed party vice president in January 2013 at the Congress's brainstorming session in Jaipur.


Published Date: Jun 06, 2017 11:47 am | Updated Date: Jun 06, 2017 11:47 am


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