The Congress President also said in a cautionary tone, “There is definitely a need for self-criticism in our party fora. But it should not be done in such a way that it breaks the confidence and spirit and creates an atmosphere of despair.
Ahead of Congress’ Navsankalp Chintan Shivir, party president Sonia Gandhi on Monday appealed to party leaders to work selflessly and with discipline, saying there is no “magic wand” to strengthen the party again. is. At the same time, he said that the party has always done good to all of us and now the time has come for the Congress to repay this debt. He also warned the leaders in the meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the party’s top policy-making body, that criticism on the party’s forums is necessary, but it should not happen that the confidence of the common Congressman should be lost. Sonia Gandhi said that the ‘Navsankalp Chintan Shivir’ should not be just a ritual, but it should reflect the reorganization of the party. This Chintan Shivir is being organized on 13-15 May in Udaipur, Rajasthan.
In the CWC meeting led by Sonia Gandhi, former Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, Organization General Secretary K.C. Venugopal, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and many other leaders attended.
The agenda of Chintan Shivir was discussed in the CWC meeting. In this, the coordinators of the coordination committees related to politics, social justice and empowerment, economy, organisation, farmers and agriculture and youth and empowerment also put forward the agenda which will be brainstormed in the contemplation camp. After the meeting, senior party leader Jairam Ramesh said that this contemplation camp will not be a destination but will be the beginning of a long journey and it will also prove to be a milestone.
He told, “Mallikarjun Kharge gave information on political issues, P Chidambaram on economic issues, Bhupinder Singh Hooda on agriculture related issues. Along with this, Salman Khurshid talked on the issues related to SC, ST, OBC and minorities, Mukul Wasnik discussed the issues related to the organization and Amarinder Singh Raja Vading talked about the issues related to the youth. The ‘Udaipur Navsankalp’ that will come out in May will talk about restructuring the organization and that will be an action plan.
Ramesh insisted, “This is a political contemplation camp. It is about taking action. There will be no proposal in this, but an action plan will come out.” According to Ramesh, “We are taking decisions for two years in this Chintan Shivir. Our aim is to prepare the organization of the party for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told that a total of 422 leaders will participate in the Chintan Shivir. He said, “All members of Congress Working Committee, Special Invitee and Permanent Invitee, President of State Congress Committee, Leader of Legislature Party, Former Union Cabinet Minister, Former Minister of State (Independent Charge), National Secretary of Congress, Joint Secretaries, heads of various departments of the party, all office-bearers of Mahila Congress, all office-bearers of Youth Congress, all office-bearers of NSUI and members of coordination committees and people selected by Congress President will be involved.
According to Surjewala, “50 per cent of the people who attend the Chintan Shivir are below the age of 50 and of these, almost half are below 40 years of age. Of these, 21 percent are women. People belonging to different sections of the society have also been called so that India’s diversity can be reflected.” He said, “Two decisions were taken in the CWC meeting. The digital membership drive is almost over. In such a situation, there was a need to amend the Congress constitution for this and it was approved. Along with this it was also decided that the Ladakh unit of the party will be formed.
Referring to Sonia Gandhi’s warning, Surjewala said, “Sonia Gandhi ji has said clearly. It is that sometimes criticism is fine, but it should not be to break the spirits.” In the CWC meeting, Sonia Gandhi told the leaders, “There is no magic wand. With selfless work, discipline and a spirit of consistent collective purpose, we can demonstrate perseverance and resilience. The party has always done good for all of us. Now is the time to repay the loan in full.
The Congress President also said in a cautionary tone, “There is definitely a need for self-criticism in our party fora. But it should not be done in such a way that it destroys self-confidence and spirit and creates an atmosphere of despair. I am committed that it should reflect the restructuring of the organization so that ideological, electoral and managerial challenges can be met.
Before the CWC meeting, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said that the Chintan Shivir will lead to a discussion on the ideology of the Congress in the country.
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