New Delhi, Nov 7: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Monday chaired the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting in New Delhi which was attended by Congress top brass. However, Party President Sonia Gandhi could not attend the meeting due to her bad health. Manmohan Singh, P Chidambaram, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Janardan Dwivedi, Ahmed Patel, Ambika Soni and AK Antony were among the top leaders who attended the meeting. The meeting was called to decide on the possible deferring of organizational election to next year.
A wide range of issues were discussed in the meeting and besides discussions on polls, the meeting also take stock of the current political situation. All eyes were on whether Rahul Gandhi will become the president of Congress party replacing mother Sonia Gandhi. Rahul’s elevation was earlier postponed by a year till this December-end.
Due to Sonia Gandhi’s ill health, few party men felt that she should hand over the post to son Rahul Gandhi. As per reports, sources said Congress Working Committee is likely to discuss about its strategy in the upcoming Parliament session, besides brainstorming over the election strategy for the poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.
During the meeting, Rahul took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that the Modi government was obsessed with power. He said the government wants to silence all those who disagree with it. The Hindu quoted Rahul saying that the Opposition is being arrested for holding the government to account. “All attempts by this government to suppress our fundamental freedoms by abusing State power will only strengthen our resolve to defeat such dangerous designs,” Rahul asserted.
Rahul was appointed Congress Vice President in January 2013 at Jaipur ‘Chintan Shivir’. As per reports, top leaders think Rahul Gandhi should be declared party’s president after Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. As per reports, the party had sought time from the Election Commission to complete the process by December 31 and the organizational elections in Congress are overdue.