The Congress Working Committee that met on Friday passed resolutions on farmers’ protest, corona vaccine and WhatsApp chat leaks of journalist Arnab Goswami, but pushed the internal elections ahead again by four months.
The Congress elections will be held now in May after the assembly elections of five states — West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala and Puducherry — are over.
However, party leaders were hoping that the Congress will go to the assembly elections under new leadership to enthuse the party workers and send across a message that it is geared up to take on the BJP. However, Rahul Gandhi, apparently, is still not keen on taking the top job and has expressed his unwillingness.
In the last working committee meeting, the party high command was facing an unprecedented rebellion and was under pressure to announce internal elections to the post of party chief.
However, a group of 23 leaders met Sonia Gandhi at 10 Janpath last month and matters seemed to have resolved momentarily after assurance by the leadership that an election schedule would be announced soon.
At the CWC meeting on Friday, the party adopted a resolution thanking the scientists for developing the Covid-19 vaccine in such a short period of time and appealed to the people to come forward for vaccination.
Another resolution passed by the party demanded an investigation by a Joint Parliamentary Committee into the purported WhatsApp conversations between Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami and former CEO of Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) Partho Dasgupta.
In her opening remarks, interim party president Sonia Gandhi hit out at the government over a host of issues. She said there were “many pressing issues of public concern” that needed to be debated and discussed in the upcoming session of Parliament.
On the ongoing farmers’ agitation, she said the government had shown “shocking insensitivity and arrogance going through the charade of consultations”.
“It is abundantly clear that the three laws were prepared in haste and Parliament was consciously denied an opportunity for examining in any meaningful details their implications and impacts. Our position has been very clear from the very beginning: we reject them categorically because they will destroy the foundations of food security that are based on the three pillars of MSP, public procurement and PDS,” she said.
On the purported WhatsApp conversations between Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami and former CEO of Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) Partho Dasgupta, she said there have been “very disturbing” reports on how national security was “thoroughly compromised”.
“Just a few days back, Antony-ji had said that leaking of official secrets of military operations is treason. Yet, the silence from the government’s side on what has been revealed has been deafening. Those who give certificates of patriotism and nationalism to others now stand totally exposed,” she said.