Congress president Rahul Gandhi is chairing his first meeting of the revamped Congress Working Committee, after taking over as party chief in December last year.
This is the first meeting of the extended CWC, convened by Rahul Gandhi to chalk out the party’s future strategy.
He constituted the CWC last week, dropping veterans like Digvijay Singh, Janardan Dwivedi, Kamal Nath, Sushilkumar Shinde and Karan Singh from the party’s highest decision-making body. — ANI
Former prime minister Manmohan Singh, who attended the meeting, in a scathing criticism of PM Modi said it’s a culture of “constant self praise and jumlas as against solid policy framework for driving the engine of growth.” He pointed out that the “claim of doubling farm income by 2022 will require an agricultural growth rate of 14%, which is nowhere in sight.”
Gandhi revamped the CWC and dropped veterans like Digvijaya Singh, Janardan Dwivedi, Kamal Nath, Sushil Kumar Shinde and Karan Singh. Veterans like AK Antony, Ahmed Patel, Ambika Soni, Motilal Vora, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge, Anand Sharma and Kumari Selja have been retained.
The new CWC includes 23 regular members, 19 permanent invitees and nine special invitees. Incidentally, the party, which is seeking 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament and state assemblies, has three women among the regular.
The first meeting of the newly-constituted Congress Working Committee (CWC) is being held in New Delhi today to chalk out the party’s future strategy.
Addressing the meeting, Party President Rahul Gandhi has asked CWC to fight for the country’s oppressed. He termed the new committee as an institution comprising experience and energy, and a bridge that joins the past, present and the future.
Former party Chief Sonia Gandhi said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rhetoric is a sign of desperation.
Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh said, doubling farmers’ income by 2022 will require an Agri Growth Rate of 14 per cent which is nowhere in sight.
UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi today in CWC meet made scathing statement at the Narendra Modi government, saying the people of the country have to be rescued from a “dangerous regime” that is “compromising” with India’s democracy.
While addressing to the newly-constituted Congress Working Committee, which met for the first time under the chairmanship of party chief Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi also cautioned the people about the “reign of despair and fear” heaped upon India’s deprived and poor.
She said the rhetoric of Prime Minister Narendra Modi shows his “desperation” reflecting that the “reverse countdown” of the Modi government has begun.
We are committed to make alliances work and we are all with Congress president Rahul Gandhi in this endeavour. We have to rescue our people from a dangerous regime that is compromising with the democracy of India, she said.