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Congress CWC meeting on 16 October; Lakhimpur violence, elections on the agenda of the meeting

By PTI

New Delhi: The top leadership of the Congress will gather here on October 16 to deliberate on the current political situation, including the Lakhimpur violence, and decide on organizational elections in the party’s working committee meeting.

The meeting of the Congress’s top decision-making body has been called in recent days following demands from some quarters within the party to discuss important issues, including some defection.

Former Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad had also written a letter to the Congress President asking him to convene an early meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC).

AICC General Secretary KC Venugopal tweeted, “Congress Working Committee meeting to be held on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 10 AM at AICC Office, 24, Akbar Road, New Delhi to discuss the current political situation, upcoming assembly elections and upcoming assembly elections Organizational Elections.”

The party leadership is also likely to decide on the schedule for the election of the new Congress president.

The party had decided in the CWC meeting held on January 22 that the Congress would have an elected president by June 2021, but it was deferred in the CWC meeting on May 10 in view of the COVID-19 situation.

The latest meeting is taking place in the wake of the Lakhimpur clashes on October 3 in which eight people, including four farmers, were allegedly crushed by an SUV belonging to Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Kumar Mishra’s convoy.

The incident has given the Congress enough ammo to corner the BJP government and recapture the lost political space.

The CWC meeting will also discuss some dissent notes rising within the party over defection and the party’s poor electoral fortunes.

Sonia Gandhi took over as interim Congress president in August 2019 after Rahul Gandhi resigned in the wake of the party’s Lok Sabha defeat in May 2019.

There has been a demand from a section of Congress leaders for a full-time and active party president as well as an organizational change.

The demand had intensified after the party stormed in August last year over a letter to Sonia Gandhi by a group of 23 leaders including Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Bhupinder Hooda, Prithviraj Chavan, Kapil Sibal, Manish Tewari and Mukul Wasnik. these issues.

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