Cong Working Committee meets today, may consider proposal to hold organizational poll between May 15 and May 30

Cong Working Committee meets today, may consider proposal to hold organizational poll between May 15 and May 30

A proposal to hold organisational elections between May 15 and May 30 might be considered by the Congress Working Committee. It could see the election of a new president, party functionaries said on Friday. The party could also hold the internal polls in February.

On Friday, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) will be conducting a meeting in which Party Chief Sonia Gandhi will deliver opening remarks about the ongoing farm stir and the corona virus pandemic.

The high authority of the party is likely to discuss the following topics in the meeting:-

1) The farmers’ protests

The party will have a discussion over the farmers’ protests against the three farm laws that were cleared in Parliament in September without review. CWC may ask for a repeal of the laws a day after farmer bodies rejected the government’s proposal to put the laws in abeyance for up to 18 months.

2) Upcoming assembly elections

Four states—Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal and Assam—and the UT of Puducherry will face assembly elections in April-May this year. The congress is out of power in all four states. The party might consider the upcoming assembly elections in four states and the time required for the party’s election authority (CEA) to prepare the ground for internal elections, before drawing up a schedule for the latter, which could see the election of a new president.

At least two CWC members said that the party needs to complete its internal polls by February as this will give enough time for the new team to prepare for the polls.

3) Organizational elections

The meeting will likely seek sweeping changes in the Congress’ functioning.

CWC (Cong Working Committee) is the highest executive body of the Congress which can appoint a provisional President pending the election of a regular President by the All India Congress Committee (AICC). Some congress leaders said that young Turks may yet again demand that the CWC pick Rahul Gandhi as the next party chief.

Gandhi quit after the party’s dismal showing in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Till now he has given no indication of returning to the post. A party official said, “We asked him several times in the past few months but he hasn’t even given a hint of interest.”

4) Whatsapp chat leak involving journalist Arnab Goswami

This issue is also likely to feature prominently during the meeting.

Last year, Interim president Sonia Gandhi set up The Central Election Authority set up to hold organizational polls. It has completed the task of drawing up the list of AICC delegates who form the electoral-college for the party chief’s election.

 

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