The centre of attention for the two-day Congress plenary that began on Saturday will not only be on the party’s roadmap for the next five years but also on how to counteract apparently invincible BJP under Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
‘Change is Now (Waqt Hai Badlav Ka)’ will be Congress party theme of the 84th plenary session of the 132-year-old, held after a gap of seven years.
The meet will also extensively discuss the prevailing political and economic situation in the country under the BJP government, under newly-elected Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
A leader familiar with developments said, “Rahul will set the tone with a hard-hitting attack on the BJP and talk about the allegations of corruption against the government in his opening remarks in a bid to re-energise party workers”.
Welcome delegates and distinguished guests to the #CongressPlenary.
Over the next two days I look forward to interacting with you and to sharing experiences and perspectives that will together help us build a stronger, more vibrant Congress party.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) March 17, 2018
The plenary will also consent 47-year-old Rahul’s election as Congress president, a requirement under the party constitution. On December 16 last year, he took over the party reins from his mother, Sonia Gandhi, who remained at the wheel for more than 19 years.
A meeting of the subjects committee formed for the session, and which includes members of the steering committee that had replaced the working committee, approved four resolutions that will be adopted at the meet.
The political resolution will talk about the alliance strategy to be adopted in states and at the national level and also have a special focus on the role of former Congress presidents from the non-Gandhi family such as Subhas Chandra Bose.
The party will pledge its support to the demand for special category status to Andhra Pradesh, an issue that has prompted the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) to quit the NDA alliance and move a no-confidence motion against the Modi government.