Rahul steps up Cong revival discussions

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 01, 2014 00:14 IST

The Congress is set to initiate major organisational reforms in the immediate future to stage a comeback as a national party of governance, party sources said. The need for radical reforms to meet the challenges thrown by the Modi era came up for discussion during Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s brainstorming session with senior party leaders in Delhi during the past three days.

The deliberations are being held in the backdrop of the party’s drubbing in Lok Sabha and state assembly elections. Rahul is seeking views from both young and seniors on the steps needed to revive the party organisation.

As part of the exercise, he held consultations on Friday with Sushilkumar Shinde, Amarinder Singh, Janardan Dwivedi, Mukul Wasnik, Girija Vyas, Shashi Tharoor and Ajay Maken.

On Thursday, he held a marathon session with Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ambika Soni, Mani Shankar Aiyar, Jaipal Reddy, Jairam Ramesh, Sachin Pilot, Meenakshi Natarajan and Ashok Tanwar. Aiyar’s presence in the deliberations marks his return to the party’s inner circle and many in the Congress see it as a step towards his rehabilitation.

Before that, he had met AK Antony, P Chidambaram and others.

“This was the third such interactive session held by him in the last few days, seen as an exercise by the leadership to assess the situation to decide the future course,” Maken said after the meeting.

Congress leaders suggested the meeting was to generate fresh ideas for organisational revival. The Congress leadership has been talking about holding a “Chintan shivir” (brainstorming camp)’ ever since the defeat in the Lok Sabha polls this year in which the party got its lowest ever tally of 44 seats.

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