The Congress held its plenary session to discuss and evolve the party’s future strategy in Delhi on March 16, 17 and 18 this year.
During the partys plenary, Congress President Rahul Gandhi said, “Look at this stage. I have emptied this stage for you. I will drag talented youngsters to this stage.” The statement was received with thunderous applause from the nearly 15,000 Congress workers assembled for the plenary.
The emphasis on youth was evident on the stage as the top Congress leaders were seated in front of the stage and not on the mattress placed on the dais.
On March 18, after Rahuls plenary address, Sarma tweeted: Sons of Murli Deora, Rajesh Pilot, Jitendra Prasad, CPN Singh, Madhavrao Scindia, Bhupinder Hooda and Tarun Gogoi are planning how to keep the stage empty and mislead the youth of the nation. The emphasis is not on youth but on dynasts.
Four months later on July 17 when Rahul formed the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the highest decision-making body of the party, the Congress president miserably failed to live up to his promise. The average age of the 46-member CWC, excluding the ex-officio members, is 63 and 12 of them are above the age of 70. But what came as anti-climax was Rahuls departure from his oft-repeated intent to bring internal democracy to allow young politicians rise through the ranks.
Barring a few exceptions, such as Digvijaya Singh and Janardan Dwivedi, the Congress president has retained most of the veterans serving under his mother Sonia Gandhi. Nine of the so-called young turks are either dynasts or from the royal families. The only young leader who made it to the CWC without any political lineage is 43-year-old Rajeev Satav.
The shape and structure of the new CWC once again proves that Congress veterans still rule the roost in the party. On March 8, at India Today Conclave in Mumbai, former party president Sonia Gandhi admitted that Rahul always wanted to empower young leaders but the senior leaders hold him back.
On July 16, Rahul wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asking him to ensure the passage of the Womens Reservation Bill in the Monsoon Session of Parliament. The bill seeks to reserve 33 per cent of all seats in the Lok Sabha and in all state legislative assemblies for women. Interestingly, only six women (13 per cent) found place in CWC.
Opposition leaders have wasted no time in ridiculing the constitution of CWC. Im not surprised as Congress is a family-run party, says Congressman-turned-BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma, who is also the finance minister of Assam.
His words have come true much to the discomfort of Rahul.
News credit : Indiatoday