Rahul Gandhi spells revamp within Cong for tough battle ahead

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New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi inaugural speech duing the 84th Plenary Session of the Indian National Congress (INC) at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi, March 17, 2018. PTI

New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi inaugural speech duing the 84th Plenary Session of the Indian National Congress (INC) at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi, March 17, 2018.
PTI

Congress president Rahul Gandhi strongly critcised the ruling BJP and its ideological fountainhead, the RSS, at the conclusion of his party’s plenary session Sunday evening. Besides his attacks at the Modi government and BJP frontline leaders, Gandhi dropped hints of organisational revamp within the Congress.

“I am seeing a huge wall between our leaders and workers… I will bring it down,” the Congress president said amid thunderous applaud at the 84th plenary session of Congress party in New Delhi.

Addressing the rank and file of the Congress party in his concluding speech, he started by shraply attacking the BJP government at the centre on the issue of economy and claimed rising unemployment, agrarian crisis and farmers distress.

He, however, was deeply critical of the government over the issue of multi-crore PNB fraud case, where the prime accussed Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi are on the run.

The Congress also unanimously passed a resolution at its plenary session, authorising Rahul Gandhi to choose members of the new working committee.

The subject of party revamp is perhaps most talked about for the principal opposition has lost string of elections post their defeat in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Senior Congress leader and leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad moved a resolution, proposing that the new party chief selects his own team of the working committee, the highest decision-making body of the party.

Azad earlier asked the delegates whether there should be an election for the working committee, an idea which was outrightly rejected by them.

The Congress president will have to set up a new CWC in place of the steering committee which was formed after the working committee was dissolved by him. The working committee will be established after the plenary session.