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Congressional panel meeting today to discuss organizational matters

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A special congressional committee formed to assist party chief Sonia Gandhi in operational matters is expected to meet later Tuesday to discuss organizational issues amid rumors about her grim spectacle in the Bihar elections.

The six-member panel was formed by Gandhi in August this year as part of the party’s reorganization carried out after a group of 23 leaders wrote him a letter calling for internal elections and organizational reform.

The panel is composed of AK Antony, Ahmed Patel, Ambika Soni, Mukul Wasnik, KC Venugopal, and Randeep Singh Surjewala.

The meeting will be held by videoconference at 5:00 p.m. While Patel is in the intensive care unit of the Medanta hospital in Gurugram after testing positive for Covid-19, Venugopal, whose mother recently passed away, is likely joining the meeting.

The president of Congress and Rahul Gandhi will not attend the meeting. A panel member said Bihar is not on the agenda as the committee is likely to discuss organizational matters and also review progress in the party’s national signature campaign against the three new farm laws enacted by the Party-led central government. Bharatiya Janata (BJP) recently. .

Congress had launched a two-month national agitation against the government over farm laws from September 24 onward. The party had also said then that it would collect 20 million signatures from farmers protesting against the laws to be presented to President Ram Nath Kovind.

Both Chambers approved the 2020 draft law on trade in agricultural products and trade (promotion and facilitation), the agreement to guarantee prices and agricultural services for farmers (empowerment and protection) of 2020 and the draft law on commodities 2020 Essentials (Amendment) of Parliament.

The meeting was widely expected to discuss the result of the Bihar poll after the sad spectacle of Congress triggered a war of words within the party. While senior leader and former union minister Kapil Sibal had asked the leadership if the loss of Bihar was “business as usual”, Rajasthan’s Prime Minister Ashok Gehlot replied that his comments “hurt the feelings” of the workers and They recalled that the party had gone through crisis several times in the past.

The performance of the Congress party has been widely held responsible for the failure of the ‘mahagathbandhan’ to overthrow the government of the National Democratic Alliance in the recent assembly elections in Bihar. It has also sparked renewed calls within the party for introspection and course correction.

Sibal, a former union minister and one of 23 signatories to a letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi in August this year seeking internal elections and an organizational review, questioned the leadership in the wake of the Bihar debacle.

“We have yet to hear about the recent polls … Perhaps the leadership of Congress thinks it should continue as usual,” he tweeted.

Sibal also said he was “obliged to speak publicly” as “there is no forum in the party to discuss party issues” and insisted that Congress needs efficient and high-level leaders to manage the elections.

Gehlot responded to Sibal with a series of tweets and defended the leadership, saying that there are various reasons for the electoral setbacks and that Congress will emerge stronger from the current crisis as it has in the past as well.

“There was no need for Mr. Kapil Sibal to mention our internal problem in the media, this has hurt the feelings of party workers across the country,” he said. “Congress has seen various crises, including those of 1969, 1977, 1989 and later in 1996, but we have come out stronger and stronger because of our ideology, programs, policies and our strong belief in party leadership,” added the first Minister of Rajasthan.

Congress proved to be the weakest link in the ‘mahagathbandhan’, winning only 19 of the 70 seats it contested. While the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) won 75 seats and emerged as the largest party in the assembly of 243, the left parties won 16 of the 29 that fought as part of the Grand Alliance.

“We have improved with each and every crisis and we also formed the UPA government in 2004 under the skillful leadership of Soniaji, we will also overcome this time. There are several reasons for electoral losses. But each time the rank and file of the Congress party has shown firm and undivided faith in the leadership of the party and that is why we come out of it stronger and more united after each crisis, ”Gehlot said.

“Even today, Congress is the only party that can hold this nation together and carry it forward on the path of integral development,” he added.

Sibal was also attacked by the president of the Youth Congress, Srinivas BV. “When Congress wins the election, Rahulji never gets the credit. And we lose, he takes responsibility. I want to ask those who are asking questions today, what is their contribution to the party? ”. he said.

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