Cong plenary: Leaders give final shape to draft resolutions

Elias Hubbard
March 17, 2018

All Congress chief ministers, state Congress presidents and Congress legislature party leaders from all states took part in todays meeting. The opening session on Saturday, which will be attended by AICC and state Congress delegates and party workers, will start with the inaugural address by the party chief.

The AICC general secretaries and the state in-charges were asked to get their name, but either they did not take any interest or sent the lists of senior leaders and district presidents instead of the ordinary workers. The entrenched forces who dominated the deliberations for decades were supposed to listen to the new voices.

"The political resolution will provide a mirror to the current political situation and will focus on adding to the strengths of the Congress as well as recouping from the weaknesses", a senior party leader said. "But I learnt about it only yesterday when I had already reached Delhi", a state unit chief told The Telegraph.

"This was a noble idea that could have motivated the grassroots workers in these hard times". "I can " t give names without doublechecking their antecedents as only those never leaving the Congress are to be recommended.

But a greater challenge awaits the Congress to rebuild itself across the country, particularly in big states such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Odisha where it has been reduced to being a marginal player.

Rahul Gandhi, the new party president, will use the occasion to unveil his vision for the party, outlining the changes that he wants to bring in and spelling out his plan of action for taking the party to the next round of assembly polls, and most importantly the next Lok Sabha elections.

The plenary session will also ratify Gandhi's appointment as Congress president. The meeting was chaired by Rahul Gandhi and attended by his predecessor Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Chief Ministers Siddaramaiah and Amarinder Singh, among others. She may speak when the political resolution is taken up, he said.

Article XVI and Article XIII (B) of the party constitution say that all the necessary arrangements, including funds collection, will be done by the host state. "This time, it's being managed mainly by professional agencies and contractors", a source said. But while the Delhi state unit has formed a reception committee to look after the logistics, the event will be organised by the AICC organising committee this time, a decision that has caused surprise.

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