Congress Working Committee to meet and discuss farmers issue and political situation nationwide

New Delhi : The Congress Working Committee (CWC) will meet on October 16, to discuss the Lakhimpur Kheri violence and the issues faced by farmers, people familiar with the developments said.

K. C. Venugopal tweeted, that meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) will be held on Saturday, October 16, at 10 am,” at the party headquarters in Delhi.

On agenda will be – the country’s “current political situation”, “forthcoming assembly elections”, and organisational elections, it further read.

Last month, as the party faced turmoil in Punjab amid the leadership change – after it picked the state’s first Dalit Chief Minister Charanjit Channi to replace Amarinder Singh, one of Punjab’s tallest leaders -spokesperson Randeep Surjewala had told the reporters that a meeting of the CWC was expected soon.

The highest executive body of the party is also likely to address some of the questions related to the political turmoil in its Punjab unit, as demanded by G23 leaders earlier, the people cited above added.

The meeting, according to a party functionary, will be held physically. For the past 18 months, CWCs have been held virtually amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The meeting is likely to focus on the farmers’ issues after party leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra visited the kin of farmers who died after being allegedly mowed down by a car belonging to Union minister of state for home Ajay Kumar Mishra Teni in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri district on October 3.

This meeting is also organised after veteran leader Kapil Sibal shot off a new letter to the Gandhis: “In Congress there is no elected president now. Who is taking calls? We don’t know who is taking decisions in the party.”

“We are G-23, definitely not Ji Huzoor-23. We will keep raising issues,” said Mr Sibal, shooting punches at the Gandhis without naming them.

Hours later, party workers protested outside his house with “Get well soon” placards, threw tomatoes and damaged his car.

The demonstrations were criticised by the leaders of “G-23” or group of 23 party dissidents, who had sent a letter to Sonia Gandhi last year demanding sweeping changes in the party. Since then, various leaders have reminded the Gandhis that nothing has changed on the ground and the Congress down spiral continues.

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