NEW DELHI, JULY 22, 2018 13:05 IST
Congress President Rahul Gandhi, senior Congress leaders A.K. Anthony, Mallikarjun Kharge, Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh and Ghulam Nabi Azad at the Congress Working Committee in New Delhi on Sunday.
He spoke at the first meeting of the newly constituted Congress Working Committee (CWC)
Congress president Rahul Gandhi, in his opening address at the first meeting of the newly constituted Congress Working Committee (CWC), described the CWC as an “institution of experience and energy that will serve as a bridge between the present, past and the future.”
Mr. Gandhi called upon “Congressmen/women to rise and fight for India’s oppressed,” according to Congress communication chief Randeep Surjewala, who was tweeting from inside Parliament Annexe, the venue of the meeting.
“Sh. Rahul Gandhi reminds qua the role of Congress as the voice of India as also its responsibility of present and future, as BJP attacks institutions, dalits, tribals, backwards, minorities & poor,” Mr. Surjewala added.
Mr. Surjewala said former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh rejected the culture of self praise and jumla of the Modi government and questioned its claim of doubling farm incomes in five years.
“Dr. Manmohan Singh points out that the claim of doubling farm income by 2022 will require an agri growth rate of 14%, which is nowhere in sight,” he tweeted.
“Mrs. Sonia Gandhi cautions about the rain of despair and fear heaped upon India’s deprived and poor. Points out that rhetoric of PM Modi shows his desperation reflecting that reverse countdown of Modi govt has begun,” he tweeted.
The CWC that was constituted last week by Mr. Gandhi has 23 members, 18 permanent invitees, 10 special invitees.
However, the first meeting had 239 guests in attendance the extended CWC meeting includes State units chiefs, Congress legislature party leaders have been invited but also heads of different cells of the party, secretaries and joint secretaries.