Rahul Gandhi calls upon Congressmen “to rise and fight for India’s oppressed”

New Delhi, July 21 :Congress President Rahul Gandhi called upon Congressmen and women “to rise as voice of the country and fight for India’s oppressed.”

Gandhi said as he chaired his first meeting of the revamped Congress Working Committee (CWC), after taking over as party chief in December last year.Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting is underway at Parliament Annexe.

 Rahul Gandhi  said, “Expansion of our party vote base is one of our biggest tasks. In each constituency, we have to find people who have not voted for us and develop a strategy to reach out to them and win back their trust.”


He described the newly constituted CWC as an “institution comprising experience and energy, as a bridge between the past, present and the future.”

UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi  said “To counter RSS’s organisational might and financial power, the opposition has to get together in strategic alliances and that personal ambitions should be kept aside.”

Rahul Gandhi called the newly constituted CWC as an institution comprising of experience and  energy, as a bridge between the past, present and the future.

In his opening remarks, Gandhi reminded members “the role of Congress as the voice of India” and the “responsibility of the party as BJP attacks institutions, Dalits, tribals, minorities and the poor.”

Dr. Manmohan Singh rejected culture of constant self praise and said , “Jumlas of PM Narendra Modi “as against solid “policy framework for driving engine of growth. Points out claim of doubling farm income by 2022 will require an Agri Growth Rate of 14%, which is nowhere in sight.”

The new Congress Working Committee (CWC) includes 23 members, 19 permanent invitees and 9 special invitees.

Congress leaders Digvijay Singh, Janardan Dwivedi, Kamal Nath, Sushilkumar Shinde, Mohan Prakash, C P Joshi have been dropped from the CWC.

Congress leaders Sheila Dikshit, P Chidambaram, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Balasaheb Thorat, and Tariq Hameed Karra are among the permanent invitees.

Independent in-charges appointed for various states will be among the permanent invitees to the working committee as ex-officio members, while the heads of five frontal organisations of the party – INTUC, Sewa Dal, Youth Congress, Mahila Congress and NSUI – will be part of the special invitees.

The committee was dissolved prior to the election of the Congress president and the earlier panel was transformed into a steering committee till the party’s plenary session that concluded in March.

The CWC, which acts as an advisory panel on all key decisions of the party, was not in place since the plenary session in March.

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