New Delhi, Aug 23: A meeting of the Congress Working Committee, the top policy-making body of the party, has been convened on Monday to discuss the current political climate as well as issues related to national security and leadership change within the party.
Party General Secretary KC Venugopal had tweeted on Saturday that the meeting would be held at 1100 hrs on Monday through video conferencing.
He did not give any information on the issues which will come up for discussion in the meeting, but it is understood that the issue of handing over the party’s reins to the younger generation has been raised repeatedly by some leaders and can be considered in the meeting.
Asked about the agenda of tomorrow’s meeting, a senior leader said no specific agenda has been set for the meeting. The meeting is expected to discuss general issues like prevailing political circumstances, the Chinese border intrusion, unemployment in the country and economic situation in the country. Also, the Election Commission’s new guidelines for conducting elections due to Covid-19 restriction could come up for discussion.
To a question whether there were reports of a letter written to Congress President Sonia Gandhi carrying signatures of 23 senior leaders regarding change of leadership in the party, the party leader said his name was also included among the signatories in the letter even though he had written the letter nor signed on it. He called the letter “speculative” but said most of the party leaders were again demanding the responsibility to be handed over to former party president Rahul Gandhi.
Significantly, Mr Gandhi resigned from the post of President taking responsibility for the party’s defeat in the 2019 general election and after that, his mother Sonia Gandhi was re-elected as the interim President. Now the demand to make Mr Rahul Gandhi president again was gaining momentum. Several people, including party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala, have said from the party platform that the demand to re-appoint Mr Gandhi to the post of president was in line with the sentiments of most party leaders.