The CWC will finalise the Udaipur declaration Sunday based on inputs from six committees which discussed: political challenges, organisational issues, economic issues, social justice, youth and empowerment; and farmers and agriculture.
While the media was kept away from the Chintan Shivir venue, some of the senior Congress leaders visited the media enclave — a make-shift structure set up some distance away from the venue — to enquire about the facilities and engage in chit-chat with journalists.
Addressing a press conference on the sidelines of the Congress's Chintan Shivir, Chidambaram said the state of the Indian economy is a "cause of extreme concern" and called for a "reset" of the country’s economic policies.
For an alliance against BJP, Kharge said the party wants to take everyone along — “we will walk with those who believe in the secular fabric and constitutional values”. But first, he added, “we want to set our own house in order”.
Media persons were not allowed to enter the venue and cover Sonia Gandhi's inaugural address. A make-shift media enclave has been set up some distance away from the venue, where Gandhi's address was beamed live.
“By now it has become abundantly and most painfully clear what Prime Minister Modi and his colleagues really mean by their frequently repeated slogan: maximum governance, minimum government. It means keeping the country in a state of permanent polarisation, compelling our people to live in a constant state of fear and insecurity,” she said.
Two senior leaders, who are playing a key role in deliberations in the run-up to the Congress Chintan Shivir beginning Friday in Udaipur, told The Indian Express that the party is “seriously thinking” about the two ideas though it is not yet clear “what shape these proposals will take”.
Between 1996 and 2004, when the Congress was in the Opposition for a similar duration, the party held two chintan shivirs -- Pachmarhi in 1998 and Shimla in 2003 -- one AICC session and two AICC special sessions.
In the Keventers case, Bengal Cong chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has questioned the sale of more than 46% stake in Metro Dairy, a State-controlled company, to the private firm, saying there was lack of transparency over the deal and question marks over the price fixed for the deal.
Several leaders, especially many in the eight-member committee that went through Kishor’s presentation and submitted a report to Gandhi, were dead against the party changing its structure at the behest of an outsider.