After disastrous poll outing, top Cong panel brainstorms | India News – Times of India


NE W DELHI: A top Congress panel met on Tuesday and held extended discussions, triggering a buzz about its agenda with some of those included in the deliberations linked to states, including Bihar, where the party suffered setbacks.
The committee set up to help the “Congress president in organisational matters”, which was formed as part of the AICC reshuffle effected in August, met virtually in the evening, the scheduling of which was reported by TOI in Tuesday’s edition.
While there was no official briefing on the deliberations or on the meeting’s agenda, the composition of participants suggested it could be about the recently held polls in Bihar where the party performed badly and in bypolls in Gujarat, MP, Karnataka and Manipur where Congress flopped.
The participants included AICC general secretary incharge organisation K C Venugopal, Ambika Soni, Mukul Wasnik, Randeep Surjewala — who are all members of the panel. Veteran A K Antony is also a member of the panel but it was not clear if he attended the discussions, owing to family engagements.
Crucially, AICC state incharges — Rajeev Satav (Gujarat), Shaktisinh Gohil (Bihar) and Bhakta Charan Das (Manipur) — were specially invited to the brainstorming. Besides, Wasnik is general secretary in-charge of Madhya Pradesh while Surjewala of Karnataka. In MP, Congress rebels won as BJP candidates, in Gujarat it was wipe-out, NDA held onto Bihar while Congress did poorly, BJP completed a majority in Manipur and also made inroads in Karnataka.
In a pre-CWC redux, the ‘to and fro’ among Congress factions has resumed on the issue of post-2019 drift.
After former minister Kapil Sibal renewed his attack on the leadership on the lines of the letter written by the G-23, veteran Salman Khurshid on Tuesday called it “periodic pangs of anxiety” and dubbed those raising questions as “doubting Thomases” whose panacea of “introspection and collective leadership” were overestimated.

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