The senior leadership of Congress will gather here on October 16 to discuss the current political situation, including Lahimpur violence, and decide on organizational elections at a meeting of the working committee of the party.
The meeting of the highest governing body of the Congress was called after the demands of some circles within the party to discuss important issues, including some desertions in the recent past.
Former opposition leader Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad also wrote to the President of the Congress to convene a meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) in the near future.
AICC Secretary General K.K. Venugopal tweeted: “A meeting of the Congressional Working Committee will be held on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 10:00 am at the AICC office, 24 Akbar Road, New Delhi, to discuss the current political situation, upcoming assembly elections and organizational elections ”.
Most likely, the party leadership will also decide on the schedule for the election of the new head of the Congress.
The party decided at its January 22 CWC meeting that Congress would have an elected president by June 2021, but the same was postponed at the May 10 CWC meeting after COVID-19 situation.
The latest meeting comes after clashes in Lahimpur on October 3, which killed eight people, including four farmers who were allegedly run over by an SUV belonging to the convoy of State Minister for Refugees Ajay Kumar Mishra.
The incident gave Congress enough ammunition to corner Bjp government and reclaim the lost political space.
The CWC meeting will also discuss some of the disagreements arising within the party due to the wave of desertions and the party’s electoral failures.
Sonya Gandhi took over as interim president of Congress in August 2019 after Rahul Gandhi stepped down after the party’s defeat at Lok Sabha in May 2019. Some congressional leaders have demanded a permanent and active party president, as well as organizational restructuring.
Demand grew louder after a storm in the party last August with a letter to Sonia Gandhi from a group of 23 leaders, including Gulam Nabi Azad, Ananda Sharma, Bhupinder Huda, Prithviraj Chavan, Kapil Sibal, Manish Tevari and Mukul Vasnik, raising these issues.