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Congress May Raise Weaker Sections’ Quota To 50%, Form Parliamentary Board

Congress president Sonia Gandhi also discussed the party's action plan for the second phase of the mass contact programme to take on the policies of the government as well as rising inflation and unemployment in the country.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi is received by Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Ajay Maken in Udaipur. (Image: Twitter/INC)

Udaipur: The Congress party, which is holding a three-day ‘Nav Sankalp Chintan Shivir’ in Udaipur, is likely to bring in a measure to ensure 50 per cent representation to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, OBCs and minorities at all levels of the party organisation.

A decision on this has been taken by the panel on social justice and empowerment formed by party chief Sonia Gandhi to lead discussions on this issue at the Congress’ ‘Chintan Shivir’, PTI quoted party leader K Raju as saying. He added that it is likely to be recommended for approval of the Congress Working Committee.

Raju said the panel is also likely to propose establishing a social justice advisory council to the Congress president. This advisory council will look at issues and give recommendation to the president, he said.

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The Congress also reportedly accepted the main demand of dissenting leaders within the party, which was to constitute a Parliamentary Board. The suggestion will now need the approval of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the highest decision-making body in the party, NDTV reported.

If approved, the Congress Parliamentary Board will replace the Congress Election Committee that decides candidates for the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.

Meanwhile, Congress president Sonia Gandhi also discussed the party’s action plan for the second phase of the mass contact programme to take on the policies of the government as well as rising inflation and unemployment in the country.

She presided over the meeting of AICC general secretaries, PCC presidents and legislature party leaders during the party’s ‘Nav Sankalp Chintan Shivir’.

The Congress launched the mass agitation/contact programme – ‘Jan Jagran Abhiyan’ — from November 14 to November 29, 2021 to highlight various issues, including inflation, price rise, recession, unemployment rate and farm distress. The party is now planning to launch Jan Jagran Abhiyan 2.0.