Sonia Gandhi Consolidates Power To Prepare For 2024 Elections
In an attempt to reunite and bring together the disintegrating lot of Congress leaders, Ms. Sonia Gandhi took the generous step of including G-23 leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma in an eight-member political affairs group. She intends this power packed group to advise her well. Everything has not been going well for the Congress.
Keeping this in mind, the oldest party of India is also going to see a task force for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections which, interestingly, has election strategist Sunil Kanugolu as a member.
The formal statement by the Congress also said that, “Each member of the task force shall be assigned specific tasks related to organisation, communications and media, outreach, finance and election management. They shall have designated teams which will be notified subsequently. The task force will also follow up on the Udaipur Nav Sankalp Declaration and the reports of the six groups.”
Within the 2024 task force, Ms. Gandhi has also set up a special “advisory group” drawn from the Congress Working Committee (CWC) that would meet regularly to discuss and deliberate upon political issues and challenges before the party. “Of course, we do have the CWC that meets from time to time and that will continue. The new group is not, however, a collective decision-making body but will help me get the benefit of the vast experience of senior colleagues. It too will be notified very soon,” she added in her statement.
The introduction of Azad and Sharma to the close circuit could see them vying for Rajya Sabha seats but nothing has been confirmed so far. In a formal statement that Ms. Gandhi made at Udaipur, she admitted that indeed it was time for the party to ‘self-reflect’. The party is in a position to get 9-10 seats in the Upper House aka Rajya Sabha.