New Delhi : A crucial meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) will be held on Tuesday, which is expected to deliberate on the roadmap to revamp the party in the wake of its worst debacle in the Lok Sabha polls.
It is also likely to come out with an action plan to take on the Narendra Modi government on issues like the controversial land ordinance which is emerging as a rallying point for opposition parties.
The meeting convened by party chief Sonia Gandhi will discuss the current political situation at a time when the Congress is sensing an opportunity to reach out to farmers on the issue.
AICC has already asked state units to launch agitations on the matter before February 15 when the Budget session of Parliament is expected to begin. The meeting has also come at a time when party chief Gandhi has asked PCC chiefs to hold a series of consultative meets with party leaders to elicit views and coalesce consensus on core issues and has underlined the need to redraft its socio-economic policies. This is virtually the second meeting of the apex policy making body of the party after the Lok Sabha polls which saw Congress tally plummeting to a record low of 44.
With the youth predominantly voting for BJP in the polls, the party in a note to its state chiefs has said, “We cannot ignore the aspirations of the sections of the urban middle class, which cuts across caste and religion.”Calling for better coordination between PCC and Youth Congress, the note has suggested that youth Congress Presidents from districts and blocks should be invited for party meetings on those levels. The CWC meeting is the most important party meeting to take place before the AICC meeting in March-April which will ratify the action plan prepared after consultation at the grass-roots for the revival of the party. The Congress’ top brass, including party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, will be deliberating on the road ahead when the party has decided to take on the government in a big way against the land ordinance and has constituted a three-member group to fine-tune its strategy on the issue. The party will also form a Parliament strategy group to take up the issue more effectively in the House when the Budget session begins. Former Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh, former Commerce Minister Anand Sharma and former Food Minister K V Thomas are members of the high-power group, which will try to reconcile the interests of various stakeholders while formulating the blueprint of Congress protest plan. The CWC is meeting amid reports that Rahul Gandhi may be elevated to the position of party President.