New Delhi, Jan 7: After assuming the office of Congress President, Rahul Gandhi has tasked few party leaders with forming new think tanks within the party. The party, jubilant after a good performance in Gujarat Assembly elections, is looking forward to form research cells in its state units too. A report of a prominent daily on Sunday claimed that the research department has started functioning too. It is advising many senior leaders and party leaders in Parliament on various issues too. Also Read - Monsoon Session LIVE: Opposition Likely to Meet President Over Rajya Sabha Deadlock
The party, report claimed, is trying to copy the models of Labour party in Britain and Democratic Party in the United States. Both parties have their own research units to advise parliamentarians on the policy matters. Germany and Japan too have its own model of think tanks for governments to function. Also Read - In Absence of Sonia And Rahul, Congress Leaders to Meet Tomorrow to Discuss Organisational Issues
The department headed by Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Gowda has its own team of 15 researchers. They have been assigned to set up a research department in every state by April this year. The team, after having ground experience in Gujarat Assembly elections, is preparing itself for crucial assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka and Tripura. Also Read - Farm Bills Row: 'Black Day of Parliamentary Democracy in India,' Says Congress; Rajnath Assures MSP Won't End | Highlights
It is also working closely with Punjab government to present its achievements to people on first anniversary of forming the government.
The idea of taking help from the research units is also attracting state units. Congress units in Telengana and Madhya Pradesh have already requested the department to set up cells in their respective states