Ahead of the meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) on Tuesday, speculation is rife on a possibility of a discussion on extending Sonia Gandhi’s tenure as party president.
Her tenure is scheduled to end this year and, since the organisational polls are not proceeding as expected and with Rahul Gandhi not yet ready to take over as president, the party will have to take a call on giving her a technical extension. In the eventuality, the party will have to inform the Election Commission about the decision.
Other structural changes that the CWC is expected to approve at the meeting include bringing down the tenure of office bearers from five to three years, reverting to the old system of dual membership (active and primary) and providing 50 per cent reservation in organisation in states to SC/ST/OBCs and minorities.
The party had decided to increase the tenure of office bearers and committees from three to five years at its Burari AICC session just five years back. In 2010, it had also decided to end the system of active and primary memberships.
Besides, the CWC is expected to give its final approval to the changes to the party constitution which has been in the discussion stage for long.
On Monday, party vice president Rahul Gandhi met legislative party leaders from across the country and told them to target the governments in their states, particularly where the BJP is in power.
Rahul is also learnt to have told the leaders to focus on one issue at a time in the Assembly and attack the state government. Sources said the three-hour meeting saw Congress Legislative Party leaders giving a detailed account of the political developments in their respective states with most inviting Rahul to their states.
During Tuesday’s meet, the party is also expected to give a final shape to a grand victory rally it is planning to celebrate the BJP government’s climbdown on the Land Bill. Sources said the rally would be held in Haryana, a predominantly agricultural state, or it could be at a venue near Delhi. Faridabad, Sonepat and Jhajjar are among the venues being considered.
In April this year, the Congress had organised a massive farmers’ rally at Delhi’s Ram Lila ground to protest amendments to the UPA’s 2013 Land Acquisition act.
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