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CWC meeting in Delhi updates: Govt mistaken if it thinks it'll escape Constitutional accountability, says Sonia
  • 13:46 (IST)

    Sonia slams Modi government over delay in announcing winter session of Parliament 

    "The Modi government in its arrogance has cast a dark shadow on India' Parliamentary democracy by sabotaging the Winter session of Parliament on flimsy grounds," she told the party's highest decision-making body.

    The Winter session of Parliament traditionally convenes from the third week of November and lasts till the third week of December. According to sources, the government is considering a truncated Winter session of around 10 days starting from the second week of December

  • 13:33 (IST)

    WATCH: Congress' press conference on CWC meeting 

  • 13:23 (IST)

    Sonia Gandhi slams demonetisation move

  • 13:18 (IST)

    RPN Singh credits Rahul Gandhi for Punjab win

    RPN Singh, Congress leader told News18, “We are winning Gujarat and I am convinced. No one gave Rahul credit for winning Punjab.”

  • 13:03 (IST)

    There have been eight Congress presidents so far

  • 12:59 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi to be PM candidate in 2019, says RPN Singh

    When News18 asked if Rahul Gandhi will Congress' prime ministerial candidate for the 2019 General Elections, RPN Singh says "there's no doubt about it". He adds, "Sonia Gandhi is our mentor and will be there to guide us through."

  • 12:54 (IST)

    Read the full statement given by Congress president Sonia Gandhi at the CWC meeting

    Opening Remarks of Hon'ble Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi at CWC Meeting (Monday, 20th November 2017)


    I welcome you to this Congress Working Committee.  We have before us an important agenda.
    Over the last 18 months, the election process that has concluded in all but six States has elected block presidents, an equal number of delegates, primary units and party members. This has provided an opportunity for the Party to interact with lakhs of workers across the country, starting from the booth level.  This reaffirms that the party’s roots are spread across every district of the country and that no other political party can match the plurality and diversity of the Congress Party.

    The electoral process, which began in May 2016, has now come to its culmination. The schedule for the election of the Congress President will be read out by General Secretary.

    On behalf of the Party, I thank the Chairman, Shri Mullapalli Ramachandran, members of the Central Election Authority and other party workers for carrying out this huge exercise with utmost diligence, integrity and impartiality.


    The Modi-government in its arrogance has cast a dark shadow on India’s Parliamentary democracy by sabotaging the Winter Session of Parliament on flimsy grounds.  The Government is mistaken if it thinks that by locking the temple of democracy, it will escape constitutional accountability ahead of the assembly elections.  Parliament is the forum in which questions should be asked – questions about corruption in high places, conflict of interest of serving ministers and dubious defense deals. Government will be obliged to answer these questions, but in order to avoid the questions and answer ahead of Gujarat elections, the government has taken the extra ordinary step of not holding a winter session when should be held. 

    The Prime Minister had the audacity to have a midnight celebration in Parliament to launch an ill prepared and flawed GST but today he lacks the courage to face Parliament.

    Unemployment, rising inflation, falling exports and GST are causing tremendous suffering to millions of people.  A year later, demonetization has done nothing but rub salt on the wounds of distressed farmers, small traders, housewives and daily workers.  The fortunes of a handful are being built by destroying the future of the poor and the oppressed.  Yet the Prime Minister continues with greater vigor, to make announcements, false promises, and to quote facts and figures that have nothing to do with the reality on the grounds.

    The Modi government is also forcefully trying to change the history of modern India by systematically erasing  the contributions made by Pandit Nehruji and Indira Gandhi – be it through rewriting school text books, through malicious misinformation and propaganda, or ignoring with disdain the importance of the birth centenary of Indiraji.  This vilification is blatant and for all to see.


    Rahul and many of you colleagues here and in Gujarat are working hard for a positive result in that State.  Let us do our best to prove that people are not fooled and that they will make the right decision and defeat the present dispensation there.

  • 12:52 (IST)

    Randeep Surjewala tweets full statement of Sonia Gandhi

  • 12:51 (IST)

    Congress party has presence in every location across India

    “India is already the largest democracy in the world. Congress Party has the presence in every state, village, taluka. In spite the area Congress has covered, they (other political parties) are years to get that experience. Other parties cannot do this. It comes from living with the country growing with the country. This is what Congress president Soniya Gandhi said,” said Randeep Surjewala

  • 12:48 (IST)

    Sonia's guidance will always be available for us

    On the question whether Sonia will continue to have a say nin the party, Surjewala said, "Her guidance and leadership will always be available to Rahul and Congress workers."

  • 12:46 (IST)

    Sonia raised concerns over rising unemployment, inflation rates

    Sonia Gandhi said, "Unemployment, rising inflation, falling exports and GST are causing tremendous suffering to millions of people. A year later, demonetisation has done nothing but rub salt on the wounds of distressed farmers, small traders, housewives and daily workers."

  • 12:45 (IST)

    Congress tweets election schedule 

  • 12:44 (IST)

    Congress flags EVM concerns

    "On the issue of EVM tampering, we have made it clear to the Election Commission. We had raised concern to the EC about two months ago," Surjewala said. 

  • 12:41 (IST)

    We are fighting against BJP with support of 6.5 crore Gujaratis

    "No concern over Gujarat election. Infact as many leaders haev said, it is a battle between 6.5 crore Gujaratis and BJP. We are encouraged by the positive reaction we are getting in Gujarat. On one hand, BJP is using moiney power, then there is people's power. I am confident that people's power will win," Surjewala said. 

  • 12:34 (IST)

    Sonia Gandhi slammed Modi government for farmer suicides, scuttling democracy

    “The way the farmers want to commit suicide, Congress will not accept this,” Congress spokesperson Randeep SSurjewala quoted Sonia Gandhi as saying in the CWC meeting.  Surjewala said that Sonia Gandhi denounced Modi government's attempt to scuttling democracy. “Modi government wants to stay away from Winter session,” Surjewala.said. Surjewala said that Sonia thanked party leaders for their contribution. 

  • 12:22 (IST)

    Here are the important dates for Rahul Gandhi's elevation

    The date of notification is 1 December 

    The last date of filing nomination is 4 December at 3 pm 

    Scrutiny of nominations will be on 5 December 2017 

    Publication of list of valid nominations: 5 December 2017 by 3.30 pm 

    Last date for withdrawal: 11 December at 3pm 

    Final list; 11 December 2017 by 4 pm 

    The polling, if necessary, will take place on16 December 2017.

    Counting of votes : 19 December 2017 

  • 12:11 (IST)

    Congress intra-party election need to be completed by 31 December 

    The party's organisational election has to be completed before 31 December. The Election Commission has given the party the last extension for completing the internal poll process by the end of 2017.


  • 12:08 (IST)

    5 December will be crucial for Rahul

    Sources told News18 that the last date of withdrawing nomination papers from the internal elections of the Congress Working Committee has been finalised for 5 December. This will be a crucial day as it would become clear only on this day that if anyone else is contesting Rahul Gandhi's nomination for the party chief's post. 

  • 12:04 (IST)

    CWC approves poll schedule 

    CWC approves poll schedule for Cong President's election, process to start with issue of notification on 1 December, PTI quoted party sources

  • 12:02 (IST)

    Rahul may be made president before 11 December too

  • 11:57 (IST)

    CWC passes resolution to make Rahul Gandhi president 

  • 11:54 (IST)

    Last day of withdrawal of nominations on 5 December 

    According to News18, the last date of withdrawal of any possible nomination will be 5th of December. If there are no opposition, then Rahul will be elected unopposed. 

  • Rahul Gandhi is a better communicator today, but without a solution-based narrative, he ends up helping BJP

    Gandhi could have taken a leaf from his party’s experiments with soft Hindutva in Gujarat in the 2002 Assembly election in which, as reported by the Times of India, Congress had tried to counter RSS with a former RSS veteran Shankersinh Vaghela as Pradesh Congress Committee chief who led the campaign. In that election, BJP won 127 seats in a sharp contrast to 51 won by the Congress. Repeating the same mistake might mean repeating the disaster.

  • 11:49 (IST)

    Rahul likely to be made Congress chief on 11 December 

    According to news reports, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is likely to be made president on 11 December. However, if there are no other nomiantions for the post, then he may be elevated to the top post sooner too. 

  • 11:47 (IST)

    Congress on ventilator, says Naqvi

    While the Congress party is on the ventilator, the 'Yuvraj' is on accelerator, Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi tells News18.

  • 11:37 (IST)

    Watch: Inside view of what is happening at CWC meeting

  • 11:32 (IST)

    Trouble ahead for Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat 

    Trouble is brewing in Gujarat, where Congress and Hardik Patel's PAAS workers clashed on Sunday night, right after the Congress came out with its first list of candidates. While the Patidar leaders had asked for 10 tickets, the first Congress list had only 3 PAAS names, which led to the Patidars picking up a fight with the Congress leaders in Surat.

  • 11:25 (IST)

    Nation stands with Rahul Gandhi says Congress

    Speaking to Times Now, Shobha Oza said that the whole country stands with Congress. 

  • 11:11 (IST)

    Is Congress VP getting better at game once played by Narendra Modi?

    At the PHDCCI event, in front of an eclectic audience, Rahul yet again displayed what has now become his trademark mix: Biting criticism of the Modi government, smart one-liners, humility, humour and a touch of penitence. In addition, he also offered a vision of India that is slightly different from Modi's.

    Read more here

  • 11:06 (IST)

    What will happen in today's meeting?

    The highest working body of the Congress party, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) starts process of the election of the party president. The Congress Working Committee is likely to announce the much-awaited election date to complete the prolonged election procedure. The CWC will approve the schedule prepared by the party's central election authority. Once the dates are approved, the process would be over in about 10 days.

  • 11:03 (IST)

    First images from inside the meeting

  • 11:01 (IST)

    Each election defeat proportional to Rahul's elevation, says Jitendra Singh

    On reports that Rahul Gandhi would soon be made the president of his party, Union minister Jitendra Singh said he found it strange that "each electoral defeat (for Congress) is directly proportional to the elevation of Gandhi".


  • 10:56 (IST)

    Veerappa Moily praises Rahul Gandhi

    Senior Congress leader Veerappa Moily praises Rahul Gandhi for his role in Gujarat elections. “We are very happy with Rahul Gandhi’s elevation. His performance in Gujarat is outstanding," the former Union minister said. 

  • 10:49 (IST)

    Congress Working Committee meeting begins, reports NDTV

  • 10:49 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi likely to takeover as president before Gujarat polls

    According to The Indian Express, party sources claim that Rahul might take over the reins of the Congress before 9 December, when the first phase of Gujarat polls will be held. The report quoted another Congress leader as saying that Rahul may even take charge of the party by the end of November.

  • 10:44 (IST)

    Factionalism will be a major problem for Rahul

    Factionalism is a major issue that Rahul Gandhi needs to tackle. According to a News18 report, state units are in disarray and the infighting would force him to constantly do the balancing act.

    "In Madhya Pradesh, veterans like Kamal Nath and Digvijay Singh would not want to be sidelined but Jyotiraditya Scindia too has to be accommodated, the report added.

  • 10:31 (IST)

    CWC meeting to begin shortly

  • 10:29 (IST)

    NCP wanted more seats, says Ashok Gehlot 

    Speaking to ANI, Gujarat Congress in-charge Ashok Gehlot said that NCP has snapped ties as it was bargaining for more seats but appalled to its oldest partner to work together to overthrow the BJP after 22 years. 

  • 10:25 (IST)

    Congress condemns violence by Hardik supporters 

  • 10:23 (IST)

    Here is the agenda for the CWC meeting 

  • 10:17 (IST)

    Majeed Memon: Wanted to stop scattering of anti-BJP votes

    Speaking to CNN-News18, NCP leader Majeed Memon said, "As far is Gujarat elections are concerned, we were keen to stop scattering anti-BJP votes. We were at constant touch with the Gujarat Congress unit. We thought due respect would be given to us But unfortunately that has not happened."

  • 10:12 (IST)

    Congress leaders are reaching 10 Janpath right now

  • 10:08 (IST)

    NCP to go solo in Gujarat 

    Various TV report report that NCP has snapped ties with the Congress before the Gujarat Assembly election. The development comes after Congress named its own candidates for traditionally NCP bastions.

  • 10:02 (IST)

    Image building will be key for Rahul Gandhi

    "Rahul's success or failure will not be determined by his being a scion, but how effectively he can capture the imagination of the voting public in India. His success will also depend on who his political advisers are and how well they work with him," image consultant Dilip Cherian told News18. 

  • 09:42 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi needs to reach out to the grassroots level Congress workers

    Journalist Gautam Lahiri told News18 that the task at hand is an uphill one. "I think what former president Pranab Mukherjee had said in a memorial lecture should be a lesson for the young leaders. Firstly, he has to interact with party workers and the sympathisers at regular intervals. He should institutionalize the mechanism for interactions as Indira Gandhi did with party workers as well as think tanks."

  • 09:38 (IST)

    NCP refuses to comment on Rahul Gandhi's elevation

    Talking to ANI, Senior NCP leader Praful Patel refused to comment on the likely elevation of Rahul Gandhi to the presidency of the Congress. He said that the it is an internal matter of the Congress party. 

  • 09:33 (IST)

    Trouble for Rahul Gandhi's Congress campaign in Gujarat

  • 09:27 (IST)

    How will the election process take place?

    Once the schedule for the election is approved by the CWC, the party's Central Election Authority will notify the same. The election process was likely to be completed before the Gujarat Assembly polls, the first phase of which will be held on 9 December.

  • 09:14 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi's elevation is Congress' internal matter: JD(U) leader KC Tyagi tells Times Now

  • 09:04 (IST)

    Meanwhile, BJP IT head takes a dig at Rahul Gandhi's possible elevation 

The Congress Working Committee (CWC) will meet on Monday to approve the schedule of the party president's election at Sonia Gandhi's residence in New Delhi, party sources have said.

The meeting of the CWC, the highest decision-making body of the Congress, is scheduled to take place at 10:30 am.

 CWC meeting in Delhi updates: Govt mistaken if it thinks itll escape Constitutional accountability, says Sonia

File image of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi. PTI

This would clear the decks for the elevation of party vice-president Rahul Gandhi to take over as the next chief. According to party sources, he is the only candidate in the fray.

According to several media reports, Rahul Gandhi is likely to take over as the party president before the Gujarat elections.

According to The Indian Express, party sources had claimed that Rahul might take over the reins of the Congress before 9 December, when the first phase of Gujarat polls will be held. The report quoted another Congress leader as saying that Rahul may even take charge of the party by the end of November.

The report added that the actual election process will take another 12 to 14 days to be completed.

The Congress on Sunday night released the its first list of 77 candidates for the upcoming Assembly election in Gujarat.

Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee president Bharatsinh Solanki, speaking to reporters, had said that there is now an agreement between the party and the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) and an understanding has been reached. Solanki also said that neither PAAS, Jignesh Mevani nor Alpesh Thakor has asked for a ticket. He added that the meeting yielded a "positive outcome".

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Nov 20, 2017 17:20:02 IST