CONGRESS .. Sonia names Rahul’s men for new consultative panel for party; Priyanka, old guard out

NEW DELHI: With the Covid-19 phase slowly getting over in India, political activism is getting resumed. The Congress party announced the formation of a consultative group headed by former prime minister Manmohan Singh as its chairman to formulate views and stands on major issues of the party and the nation. Sonia Gandhi as Congress interim president will oversee matters.
Rahul Gandhi, who quit the president post, has been included in the group, but curiously party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi does not find a mention. Party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala will be the convener. Also excluded were party elders like AK Antony, Gulam Nabi Azad and Ahmed Patel.
Notably, there is neither Kamal Nath, now jobless; nor Digvijay Singh. 

The announcement was made by party general secretary KC Venugopal, which also said the group will meet every day. Venugopal, former Union minister P Chidambaram, ex-minister Manish Tewari and Jairam Ramesh, as also Praveen Chakravarty, Gaurav Vallabh, Supriya Shrinate and Rohan Gupta will be members of the group.

Indirect hints are that Rahul Gandhi is regaining control of the party; all the members being his favourites, and the exclusion of Priyanka Gandhi sending out the strongest signal yet that Rahul Gandhi is resolute about leading the organisation from the front — something that his mother too will appreciate.
As of now, the members of the group are different places, and hence they will confabulate via video link. Later, they would meet regularly at the party headquarters in New Delhi. IHN-NN


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