An AICC session is expected in mid-October to take stock of the emerging political situation and chalk out the party’s strategy for the future.
This will be the first session after Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi’s recent induction as AICC general secretary and Congress working committee member.
The session will take place amid speculation of midterm polls early next year with the Left warning of “serious political consequences” if the UPA goes ahead with the Indo-US civil nuclear deal without addressing their concerns.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi will preside over the session that will also be used by party leaders to hammer out strategies for the year-end assembly elections in Gujarat where the BSP’s decision to enter the fray is likely to cut into the Congress votes.
Efforts to work out state-level alliances and exploit the anti-Modi sentiment within the BJP are on. So is the move to rope in Rahul Gandhi for campaigning, with a youth rally being organised later this month. “We are trying to ensure that Rahul comes for it,” said a state Congress leader.
The Amethi MP, in fact, is also part of the 13-member group entrusted with formulating strategies to meet future challenges, including elections, and is being seen by party workers as their future prime minister.
In recent days, the Manmohan Singh government has come up with a slew of populist measures to attract the aam aadmi to the Congress. These include, among others, extending the National Rural Emplyment Guarantee Scheme (NREG) to cover all districts, pensions for the elderly, expansion of the bonus scheme, measures to implement the Sachar committee report on the status of Muslims, and an insurance scheme for unorganised labour.