Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde was today made a permanent invitee to the Congress Working Committee,the highest decision-making body of the party. Shinde is the Leader of the Lok Sabha as well as a member of the Congress Core Group,an interface between the party and the government dealing with crucial issues. He was not a member of the all-important CWC till now,while Finance Minister P Chidambaram,who is also a member of the Congress Core Group,has been a permanent invitee to CWC for several years.
Shinde’s entry into CWC coincides with the exit of senior party leader K S Rao who was recently made a minister. “Congress President Sonia Gandhi has nominated Sushilkumar Shinde,Leader of the Lok Sabha,as a permanent invitee to the Congress Working Committee with immediate effect,” said Congress General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi,who is also incharge of the organisation.
Gandhi “has accepted the request of K S Rao for being relieved as permanent invitee to the Congress Working Committee on his being included in the central council of ministers,” he said. Party leader Birender Singh was made a member of CWC recently after he was moved out from the post of General Secretary. Vilas Muttemwar,who was also removed as General Secretary in the recent AICC reshuffle,was made a permanent invitee to CWC. CWC,headed by the Congress President,has 20 members besides 15 permanent invitees and 5 special invitees.