New Delhi, August 4: The Congress Working Committee (CWC) will meet on Saturday and is expected to evolve its strategy on current political and economic situation, especially the issue of Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the controversial Rafale deal. The meeting which is scheduled at party chief Rahul Gandhi’s residence, will be the second one under his chairmanship.

The grand old party’s highest decision-making body, is also expected to discuss the preparations for the Assembly polls in four states (Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and  Mizoram) this year and the ticklish issue of alliances for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Earlier last month in the first CWC meeting, the senior Congress leaders had authorised Rahul Gandhi to take decision on pre-poll and post-poll alliances to oust the BJP-led government at the centre in the forthcoming 2019 Lok Sabha polls.  After the meet, the party had also announced Rahul Gandhi as party’s PM candidate and said that he will be the face of the grand old party in the campaign to oust the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

About The New CWC

The new Congress Working Committee comprises 23 members, 19 permanent invitees, and nine special invitees. Veteran leaders like Digvijaya Singh, Kamal Nath, Sushil Kumar Shinde, Mohan Prakash, CP Joshi and Shashi Tharoor were dropped from the committee whereas Jyotiraditya Scindia, Jitin Prasada, Tarun Gogoi, Siddaramaiah, Sheila Dikshit, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mallikarjun Kharge were added into it.

The CWC, which acts as an advisory panel on all key decisions of the party, was not in place since the plenary session in March.