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Cong too busy to form its working panel

The continuing deadlock in parliament have delayed the reconstitution of the Congress Working Committee (CWC). The committee is unlikely to be formed before the party’s three-day plenary in Delhi from December 18.

delhi Updated: Dec 02, 2010 01:14 IST
Aurangzeb Naqshbandi

The continuing deadlock in parliament have delayed the reconstitution of the Congress Working Committee (CWC). The committee is unlikely to be formed before the party’s three-day plenary in Delhi from December 18.

For the past few months, the party leadership has been battling issues such as the alleged irregularities in the commonwealth games projects, Adarsh housing controversy, the 2G spectrum scam and the political turmoil in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

Congress managers have been busy firefighting the opposition onslaught and trying to put their house in order. In doing so, the party even suffered the a poll debacle in Bihar.

“All these factors have delayed the constitution of the CWC so far and it may or may not be formed before the plenary. There is hardly any time left now,” a senior leader said.

This means the present CWC — that has been converted into steering committee— will continue to function even after plenary. “There will be no constitutional crisis as its term expires after six months,” another leader said.

The 25-member CWC was to be formed at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) session on November 2 when the party declared Sonia Gandhi elected as Congress president for the fourth consecutive term.

But the process got postponed after all state units and the entire AICC authorised Gandhi to nominate the CWC, burying the possibility of elections to the CWC.

The party constitution provides for the election of 12 members and nomination of 11 others by 1,000-odd AICC members who form the electoral college. The other two members are Congress president and the party leader in parliament.

There has been no contest for the CWC since 1998. The last elections were held at the 1997 session in Kolkata when Sitaram Kesri was party chief.