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Sonia calls CWC meet today; will Rahul be elevated?

india Updated: Jan 13, 2015 11:44 IST

With the Congress on the back foot after facing a string of electoral defeats since the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, its highest decision-making body - Congress Working Committee - will meet in the Capital on Tuesday to chalk out its political strategy.

The meeting, which has been called to discuss "current political situation", will also consider a blueprint for its agitation course in and outside Parliament on the controversial land ordinance, which seems to have emerged as as a rallying point for opposition unity.

The meeting of Congress leaders also comes amid speculations about the elevation of Rahul Gandhi as the Congress president.

Party spokesperson Randip Surjewala, however, said the Congress vice-president was "our leader even when he was general secretary".

"You will be informed whenever the decision to appoint him as party president or not is taken as per the party constitution," he said.

This will be the second CWC meeting in recent months to discuss the political situation and the challenge before the Congress after its session last year. Sonia Gandhi and Rahul had offered to resign in the wake of the worst-ever debacle of the party in the 2009 general elections, which had seen its tally plummetting to 44 from 206.

The meeting comes a day after the Election Commission announced the election schedule for polling to the 70-member Delhi assembly. Congress had ruled Delhi for 15 years before it witnessed its worst ever performance in the Capital and its subsequent defeats in the general as well as state elections.

The CWC has met a few other times but only for the passage of condolence resolutions after the death of AR Antulay and some other senior leaders.

Land ordinance has offered the party an opportunity to reach out to farmers and refurbish its Aam Aadmi plank, which was hit all the more after the dismal showing in the Delhi assembly polls in 2013 where Aam Aadmi Party's Arvind Kejriwal appeared to have taken away the agenda from the grand old party.

The AICC has already asked state units to launch agitations on the matter before February 15 when the budget session of Parliament is expected to begin.

The party will also form a Parliament Strategy Group to take up the issue more effectively in Parliament during the budget session.

The land acquisition act, a landmark legislation of UPA 2, was the brainchild of Rahul and the party has been accusing the Narendra Modi government of seeking to take the 'heart and soul' out of the legislation through this ordinance.

The CWC meeting is also likely to discuss organisational issues like appointment of office bearers through election or nomination with opinions sharply divided in the party over it.