Chairing the Congress Working Committee (CWC) – party’s top brainstorming meet – for the first time, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi packed more than a message for his rank and file. Not just he used the occasion to accentuate his ‘line of attack’ on the incumbent Modi government, it also gave a glimpse of the changing internal dynamics of the grand old but shrinking party.
Though the move has been long-billed, members of the CWC unanimously pitched for Rahul Gandhi’s formal elevation as the president of Congress party.
Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, senior leaders P Chidambaram, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge, Ahmed Patel, Ambika Soni and AK Antony were among those who attended the meeting.
With Sonia Gandhi opting to not attend the meet due to health grounds, clamours for Rahul’s elevation only grew.
The party, however, chose to tread with caution in the following presser with its chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala apprising that Congress party has sought one year extension of time from EC for holding the organisational polls, which are due to be held late in December this year.
46-year-old Rahul was appointed party vice-president in January 2013 at Congress’s brainstorming session in Jaipur.
Senior party leader and former Union minister AK Antony set the ball rolling stressing on the need for Rahul Gandhi to take over the party leadership. Antony’s suggestion received the backing of all other CWC members attending the meeting.
Earlier, the apex brainstorming meet, which primarily took up the preparedness of Congress party ahead of the assembly polls due early next year and the upcoming Winter session of Parliament, starting November 16, saw Rahul Gandhi launching one of the scathing criticism of the BJP-ruled Central government.
Claiming that the democracy is going through “one of its darkest hours”, he went on to say that the ruling dispensation is “obsessed with power and seeking to silence” all those who disagree.
“Asking questions is what discomforts this government the most, for they have no answers. We must in every forum, in particular the upcoming session of Parliament, expose the government’s failures,” he said addressing the CWC.
Gandhi also discussed Congress party’s action plan for the upcoming assembly elections. Capt. Amrinder Singh, party’s Punjab face, too was present at the CWC.