Cwc Meet: Congressional working committee meets to discuss ballot debacle

The congressional working committee met on Sunday to discuss assembly election results in five states as the opposition party reels from the latest election debacle. Congress Speaker Sonia Gandhi, former party leader Rahul Gandhi, General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, KC Venugopal, Rajya Sabha opposition leader Mallikarjun Kharge and P Chidambaram were among those attending the meeting.

The meeting of the party’s highest decision-making body is expected to witness some fireworks as dissident G-23 leaders, who have questioned the leadership and pushed for an overhaul of the organization, said the issue internal polls could be raised again.

Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma were among the G-23 leaders attending the meeting.

Congress lost Punjab to the AAP, couldn’t wrest Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur from the BJP and the party’s tally in politically crucial Uttar Pradesh fell to an all-time low.

While Sonia Gandhi hasn’t campaigned actively for some time, Rahul Gandhi, along with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, had been the star campaign for Congress in the polls, with the brother-sister duo also playing a major role in key decisions in the Congress. left. .

Despite a fierce campaign led by Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the Congress managed to win only two of the 403 Assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh, with the vote share dropping to a meager 2.33% and most of its candidates losing their security deposits.

Rahul Gandhi had resigned as Congress President after the party suffered its second consecutive defeat in the 2019 general election. Sonia Gandhi, who took over the reins of the party as interim president, had also offered to resign in August 2020 after strong criticism from a section of leaders, called G-23, but the CWC had urged her to continue.

Earlier in the day, top Congress leaders discussed the party’s strategy for the upcoming budget session of parliament and agreed to work in coordination with other like-minded parties to raise issues of public importance.

The Congress Parliamentary Strategy Group meeting was held at the residence of party chair Sonia Gandhi.

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