AFTER successive poll defeats, Congress on Friday began with its brainstorming session or ‘Chintan Shivir’ in Rajasthan’s Udaipur which it says envisions as ‘Nav Sankalp (new resolution)’ for the party. Reports suggest that Congress may propose to limit the age of the leaders to hold the key posts in the organisation and also fix a specific tenure for each leader to hold a Rajya Sabha seat.
Earlier it was speculated that in absence of permanent party chief, some members may also pitch for bringing back Rahul Gandhi as the party president. The three-day ‘Nav Sankalp Chintan Shivir’ is being held against the backdrop of a string of electoral defeats and dissent in the party over the past many years.
The session will lay emphasis on restructuring the party in a specific time besides chalking out ways to counter the polarisation and draw a road map for the upcoming elections.
Beginning Friday afternoon, over 400 delegates will discuss subject-specific issues across six groups.
Reports suggest that there will be elaborate deliberations on the first and second day of the session and the conclusions will be recorded in the form of a declaration, a draft of which will be discussed at the CWC meeting to be held there on the third and last day.
Gandhi was on Thursday seen leaving Delhi on a train to Udaipur where the party had reportedly booked two boggies. People en route were seen welcoming Gandhi to Rajasthan. Chief Minister of Chattisgarh, Bhupesh Baghel, accompanied Gandhi in a bus that they took after deboarding the train.
Earlier, speaking about the session, the deputy CM of Rajasthan Sachin Pilot said that Congress is and will have to remain the “pivot” around which an anti-BJP coalition is formed and a “UPA plus” formation would be the “best one” to take on the BJP-led NDA in the 2024 general elections.
(With inputs from agencies)