The Congress Working Committee (CWC) is all set to roll out the party’s road map and formally sound the bugle for this summer’s Lok Sabha elections at a key meeting in Gujarat on Tuesday.
The meeting, which will begin in the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah two days after the Election Commission announced the Lok Sabha poll dates, is expected to send an “oust NDA (National Democratic Alliance)” message to the party cadre.
It will talk about the critical issues of unemployment, agrarian distress, price rise, Rafale jet fighter deal, alleged banks frauds involving fugitives Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, and the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).
Apart from discussing the progress made in forging alliances in different states, the party’s highest decision-making body will also deliberate on demonetisation in the context of the details that have emerged from an RTI reply suggesting that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)’s board had objected to the note ban move.
“There are serious and very basic fundamental livelihood issues – there is farm distress, demonetisation; there is the issue of how badly GST has been implemented in order to destroy small and medium businesses. How MGNREGA programmes have been completely subverted,” Congress leader Jairam Ramesh told reporters in New Delhi when asked about the CWC agenda.
The CWC will also endorse party chief Rahul Gandhi’s proposal of minimum guarantee income for the poor if his party is voted to power. This will be the first CWC to be hosted by Gujarat in six decades – the last was held in 1961 – and also marks the debut of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in the party’s highest decision making body. In January, Priyanka Gandhi was made the party’s general secretary and incharge of eastern Uttar Pradesh.
The meet will be followed by an election rally in Gandhinagar, which, apart from Rahul Gandhi, is expected to be attended by United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former PM Manmohan Singh, Priyanka Gandhi, and the chief ministers of Congress-ruled states besides senior leaders.
The meeting – held to mark the launch of historic Dandi March by Mahatma Gandhi from the Sabarmati Ashram in 1930 — will adopt resolutions related to prevailing political and security conditions in the country.
The CWC meeting was earlier scheduled for February 28 but was postponed in view of escalation of tensions between India and Pakistan due to the February 26 air strikes by the air force in Balakot, an operation that was a response to the February 14 attack on a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy in Jammu and Kashmir that killed 40 security personnel.