The Congress Working Committee on Sunday authorised party president Rahul Gandhi to form alliance against BJP with “like minded parties” for 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Rahul Gandhi addressed the first Congress Working Committee (CWC) after it was revamped. In the meeting, he said, “The CWC evolved during freedom struggle. It’s a forum where India expressed, debated, contested and consented ideas to take the nation from colonial rule to freedom.”
“CWC gave voice to every single Indian. It accommodated views from different perspectives and gave space to the weakest voices of India. Our collective challenge is to shape our current CWC to that level,” Gandhi added.
“We have tried to strike to a balance between the youth and experience in the CWC. The central idea behind the formation of this CWC is to make it inclusive, diverse & dynamic and representative,” Gandhi said.
Speaking on the strategy for 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Rahul Gandhi said, “Expansion of our party vote base is one of our biggest tasks. In each constituency, we have to find people who have not voted for us and develop a strategy to reach out to them and win back their trust.”
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in the meeting said, “I assure Rahul Gandhiji that we will fully support him in his onerous task of restoring India’s social harmony and economic development.”
UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi in the meeting said, “We have to rescue our people from a dangerous regime that is compromising the democracy of India.”
AICC general secretary Ashok Gehlot in a press briefing at the party headquarters after the meeting said, “Rahul ji has been authorised to form election campaign committee and take decisions on pre-poll and post-poll alliance.”
Last week, Rahul Gandhi formed his first CWC by appointing 23 regular members, 18 permanent and ten special invitees.