Congress president Rahul Gandhi has been conducting the first ever meeting of the newly constituted Congress Working Committee (CWC) today, July 22. A day after his hour-long speech on the no-confidence motion in the parliament on Friday, Rahul Gandhi is expected to discuss the party’s strategy for the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections with the other Congress members. The CWC meeting, which is currently underway in the Parliament Annexe is chaired by Rahul Gandhi. While addressing the qua, Congress president Rahul Gandhi highlighted the role of the party as the voice of the country. He asked the party members to keep in mind the responsibilities they have in the present and future to fight against the continuous attacks led by the BJP on several institutions, Dalits, tribals, backwards, minorities and poor.

Dubbing the CWC as a bridge between the past, present and the future, Rahul Gandhi told the Congressmen/women to come together and fight for the rights of India’s oppressed.

 

While hitting at the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former PM and Congress leader Manmohan Singh said that PM’s constant self-praising and ‘Jumlas’ have been long-standing in the path of country’s growth. While scrapping the BJP’s claims of doubling the farmer’s income by 2022, he said that party cannot do it anytime soon as it requires an Agricultural Growth Rate of 14%.

In a scathing attack at the PM Modi-led central government, former party president, Sonia Gandhi claimed that the countdown for the Modi government has begun. Pointing at the rhetoric of PM Modi, she added that his desperation is reflecting that the party will soon be dethroned. She also expressed her concerns regarding the reign of despair and fear mounted on India’s deprived and poor in the rule of BJP.

In a bid to fight against the RSS’s organisational might and financial power, Sonia Gandhi asked the Opposition to come together, leaving their personal benefits and ambitions aside, and form strategic alliances.

Former finance minister P Chidambaram also expressed a desire to form an alliance with regional parties in several states, to get 150 assembly seats and boost party number by three times.