New Delhi, July 22: Congress President Rahul Gandhi has been authorised by Congress Working Committee (CWC) to take decisions on pre-poll and post-poll alliance, said sources on Sunday. The decision was taken at the first meeting of the extended CWC, constituted by party president Rahul Gandhi. The meeting was attended by senior Congress leaders including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and former party President Sonia Gandhi. “He (Rahul Gandhi) has been authorised to form election campaign committee and take decisions on pre-poll and post-poll alliance,” said AICC General Secretary Ashok Gehlot, while speaking to reporters.
During the meeting, which was held at Parliament Annexe in national capital, Gandhi clearly stated that he won’t hesitate in taking action against those who gives wrong statement. “I am fighting bigger fights. Everyone has the right to speak in party forum but if a party leader gives a wrong statement and weakens this fight, I will not hesitate to take an action,” ANI quoted Gandhi as saying.
He further described the CWC as “institution comprising experience and energy, as a bridge between the past, present and the future. “The CWC evolved during freedom struggle. It’s a forum where India expressed, debated, contested and consented ideas to take the nation from colonial rule to freedom. We have tried to strike to a balance between the youth and experience in the CWC. The central idea behind the formation of this CWC is to make it inclusive, diverse and dynamic and representative. CWC gave voice to every single Indian. It accommodated views from different perspectives and gave space to the weakest voices of India. Our collective challenge is to shape our current CWC to that level,” the Congress chief asserted.
He also asked party workers to work towards expansion of party vote base, saying,”In each constituency, we have to find people who have not voted for us and develop a strategy to reach out to them and win back their trust.”
Meanwhile he also launched a scathing attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) saying that the party “attacks institutions, dalits, tribals, backwards, minorities and poor”. He also urged the Congressmen and women “to rise and fight for India’s oppressed.”
On July 17, Gandhi constituted the CWC by appointing 23 members and dropping some senior leaders in a bid to strike a balance between age and experience and prepare for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.