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New head of Congress in June: CWC after dispute | India News


NEW DELHI: Congressional Working Committee (CWC) overcame resistance from a group of seniors to set the end of June as the deadline to elect a full-time party chairman to take over from Acting Chief Sonia Gandhi.
The June 30 cutoff for the deferred exercise, which has been set taking into account the upcoming elections in five states, encountered strong opposition from a group of dissidents, which resulted in a bitter exchange between two sectors of veterans of the match.
Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma and Mukul Wasnik, all part of the dissident grouping G-23, joined forces with former Finance Minister P Chidambaram and demanded that the election of the party chair take place immediately. They also demanded elections for seats on the CWC and on the Congressional electoral committee.
The insistence led to bitter exchanges with another group of older people. Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot vigorously countered the momentum of the first polls arguing that preparations for the upcoming battles in West Bengal, Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry should take priority. He was supported by his Punjab and Chhattisgarh counterparts Amarinder Singh and Bhupesh Baghel, respectively, as well as veterans such as AK Antony, Ambika Soni, and the former Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat.
Rahul Gandhi did not express his views on the deadline, although he agreed that it was time for the elections to take place. It was time for the issue to “be over once and for all” and the party “to move on”, sources quoted him.
Gehlot was the most aggressive in countering the demand for surveys and is known to have singled out Anand Sharma for obstructing the plan to keep the survey on hold until June. “What right do those who were the biggest beneficiaries of power during the UPA era despite never being elected have to demand internal elections,” a source told the Rajasthan CM who bluntly told Sharma.
He also said that the party had bigger problems to deal with and reminded dissidents of the high positions they had held because of the confidence the Gandhi family had in them.
Sharma, party insiders said, vigorously protested Gehlot’s display of aggression and “insults”, at which point Rahul intervened to claim that the arguments presented by both Gehlot and Sharma were at “two ends” of the discussion. .
In a press conference following the CWC meeting, General Secretary (organization) KC Venugopal clarified that CWC elections generally took place after the election of the party president. “So we have to go back to the party constitution to see if the elections for the president and the CWC can be held together. We will discuss this and announce the schedule soon. One thing is for sure, everything will be done in accordance with the constitution of Congress, ”he said.
The CWC, which began with Sonia’s speech, saw her highlight key issues that will tailor Congress’s parliamentary strategy in the next budget session. He said that there were “many urgent issues of public interest” that should be debated and debated in Parliament. Referring to the three agricultural laws and the agricultural protests, Sonia said the government had shown “shocking callousness and arrogance” and was “going through the farce of consultations.”
“It is very clear that the three laws were hastily prepared and that Parliament was knowingly denied the opportunity to examine their implications and impacts in any meaningful detail. Our position has been very clear from the beginning: we categorically reject them because they are going to destroy the foundations of food security that are based on the three pillars of PEM, public procurement and PDS, ”he said.
Subsequently, the CWC passed resolutions on three issues of national importance, lending its unequivocal support to farmers who demanded the repeal of the three agricultural laws, thanking scientists and researchers for developing the Covid-19 vaccine in such a short time and making a call on people to come forward for vaccination, and the third in which he said he would demand that a Joint Parliamentary Committee investigate journalist Arnab Goswami’s WhatsApp chats, which revealed he was aware of sensitive details of the Balakot airstrikes before that they took place.

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