New Delhi: Congress chief Sonia Gandhi has set up three separate committees for discussing policy issues related to economic affairs, foreign affairs and national security, all of which former prime minister Manmohan Singh is a part of. Also Read - Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi Moves Out of Delhi to Goa With Son Rahul To Avoid Pollution
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The committee on foreign affairs will have Anand Sharma, Shashi Tharoor, Salman Khurshid and Saptagiri Ulaka. Khurshid will be the convener of the panel. Also Read - Foundation Stone Laid by Sonia Gandhi Goes 'Missing' From Atal Tunnel, Congress Threatens Protest
The committee on national security will have leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, party leaders Veerappa Moily, Vincent H Pala and V Vaithilingam, with Pala as its convener.
“The Congress president has constituted three committees to consider and discuss issues and policies related to the subjects of economic affairs, foreign affairs and national security,” an official statement from AICC general secretary KC Venugopal said.
Incidentally, among those nominated in the committees include four members of dissenting camp- senior party leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Veerappa Moily and Shashi Tharoor, who were part of the 23 letter-writers seeking an organisational overhaul of the Congress.
While Sharma is the chairman of the AICC foreign affairs department, Shashi Tharoor heads the party’s Professional Congress.
This comes days after Kapil Sibal’s comments about the party’s decline sparked another bout of infighting.
(With PTI inputs)