CWC members task Rahul with devising comprehensive electoral strategy

Posted December 24, 2017

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh, senior party leaders Motilal Vora, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Janardan Dwivedi, Mallikarjun Kharge, Karan Singh, Anand Sharma, Mohsina Kidwai, Ambika Soni, CP Joshi, Kamal Nath, BK Hariprasad and Oscar Fernandes are also attending the meeting, along with party in- charges for various states.

Rahul Gandhi on Friday chaired the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting for the first time as Congress President with party leaders expected to discuss the current political issues, including the verdict in the 2G spectrum case in which all the accused have been acquitted.

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On Saturday morning the Congress chief visited Ahmedabad and held zone-wise "introspection meetings" in Gujarat's Ahmedabad to ascertain reasons for the party's defeat.

The Congress, which gave a tough fight to the BJP, lost the elections even though its tally increased to 77 seats from 61 in 2012. "At every step, they were trying to polarise". "It was thought that the Congress will not be able to fight the BJP in Gujarat.You saw the results and it has dealt a zabardast jhatka (a massive jolt) to the BJP in Gujarat", Rahul said speaking to the media outside Parliament. The whole architecture of the BJP is about lies. "The then CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General) Vinod Rai had announced that the government had suffered a loss of ₹1,76,000 crore", he said. Read Also: Gujarat Assembly Election 2017 Results: Rahul Gandhi's temple visits boost Congress performance "Narendra Modi, Shri Arun Jaitley and the BJP leadership should come forward to own up their sinister maligning machinations and apologise to the nation", he said.

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With Congress facing stiff electoral challenges, the CWC urged Rahul Gandhi to energise the party organisation at the earliest, while he also mentioned the challenges for the party in the assembly polls next year. "Now they should not blame us", he said. "I agree. We will ensure discipline is enforced and the party is strengthened", Gandhi reportedly told the meeting.

It was among the major corruption scandals that came to light during the second term of the UPA government headed by former prime minister Manmohan Singh.

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