New Delhi: Former Congress President Sonia Gandhi has skipped the AICC plenary session in Raipur from February 24. Even Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Vadra have skipped today's event.
Party sources said the party's constitution may be amended during the session to make Sonia and Rahul as the lifetime members of the CWC in their capacity as the former Congress president.
Here's why Gandhis missed the plenary session
India Today reported that Congress sources have confirmed that Mallikarjun Kharge has been given a "free hand to run the organisation," following the decision by the Gandhis not to attend the steering committee meeting at the upcoming plenary.
According to a senior steering committee member, this move signals that the organization will now be run by Kharge and that the BJP's propaganda that he would be just a rubber stamp has been proven false.
Another steering committee member, who is also an MP, stated that it is unprecedented for no Gandhi to be present at the steering committee meeting, and the message is clear that there is no pressure on Kharge from the party leadership.
The sources also revealed that Rahul Gandhi will be the "external" face of the party, while Kharge will be the internal face. This is reportedly a well-thought-out strategy where the Congress President will take care of the internal matters of the organization, and Rahul Gandhi will work on strengthening the party's connection with the public. The move has been seen as a big signal by the party high command that Kharge has been given a free hand to run the organization.
About the CWC elections
The party constitution envisages elections of 12 CWC members and nine nominations by the party president besides automatic nominations of former Congress President and former Prime Minister, the two positions going to Sonia Gandhi and Dr Manmohan Singh.
The excitement of the Congress plenary may not be there if all 23 CWC positions are filled up through nominations. Not much interest will be lost in the rest of the session that will be confined to adoption of various resolutions for which 126 seniors have been appointed by the Congress President.
Rahul Gandhi to be praised on Bharat Jodo Yatra success
Congress general secretary (communications) Jairam Ramesh heads the main committee that may push for praising Rahul for heading a massive walk under the Bharat Jodo Yatra and adopt a resolution for the follow-up of his movement.
The senior party leaders find not much interest in the resolutions to be passed on different subjects in this 31st plenary of the Congress since Independence as it is seen as a formality of conducting the session and then get into the process of half a dozen Assembly elections and then the Lok Sabha elections.
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