Sonia Gandhi gets back in action as Principal leader of Congress
- India Vahini News/ A S DSilva
Updated: 28, Aug 2020
Picking up with enthusiasm Sonia Gandhi called upon the seven chief ministers on the issue of GST and NEET, forming a high-level committee to look into central ordinances and kick-starting party's election plan for Bihar. She is taking organisational and strategy calls just two days after the leadership turmoil which unraveled itself at a key Congress Working Committee (CWC) meet earlier this week. Now the party feels that more such organisational decisions could take place in coming days.
A key announcement on Wednesday was the formation of a five-member committee to discuss and formulate the party's stand on key ordinances promulgated by the government. The committee comprises former Union ministers P Chidambaram and Jairam Ramesh, former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijaya Singh, besides lawmakers Amar Singh and Gaurav Gogoi. Ramesh is also the convenor of the committee.
The setting up of the committee comes less than three weeks ahead of the expected monsoon session of Parliament. It gains significance since one of the first ordinances it could take up is on agricultural market reforms which pitches for ‘One nation, one agriculture market’. The Congress, particularly its Punjab unit, has been vocal in its criticism of the ordinance which the government will try to get passed during the monsoon session.
“Congress president’s choice of members in the committee is interesting because all of them are parliamentarians which include former union ministers who can help in party’s outreach with other opposition leaders for a joint strategy over ordinances like these. We are expecting that one or two more committees, particularly for Parliament related issues, could be formed soon," a senior party leader said requesting anonymity.
The announcement of the committee came just hours after Gandhi chaired a meeting of seven chief ministers from opposition ruled states including West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren alongwith those from Congress ruled states. All the opposition leaders who joined the meeting on Wednesday had highlighted the need to have greater coordination between opposition parties.
The leadership debate in Congress has come just months ahead of Bihar elections where it is part of the Grand Alliance headed by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD). On Wednesday, the party also announced a screening committee for candidate selection for Bihar which included Avinash Pande, former incharge of Rajasthan, who was removed from the post days after the internal political crisis in that state ended.
“All eyes are now on the possible announcement of a committee to assist Gandhi in looking at the challenges posed in the meeting. The idea was discussed in the CWC meeting and is expected to be announced soon," another party leader, who was part of Monday’s CWC meeting, added.