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Congress to form ‘empowered action group’ for 2024 polls

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala revealed after the party’s important meeting to consider poll strategist Prashant Kishor’s suggestion to restructure it ahead of the next general elections that Sonia Gandhi has decided to form a ’empowered action group’ for 2024 to confront political problems ahead. Surjewala, on the other hand, remained tight-lipped about Kishor’s participation in the party.

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Surjewala said the Congress also resolved to hold a ‘Navsankalp Chintan Shivir’ on May 13-14 and 15 in Rajasthan’s Udaipur, with 400 delegates expected to attend.

Surjewala told the journalists outside Sonia Gandhi’s 10 Janpath house on April 21 that the party president had received a report from the eight-member panel she had formed.

“Today she discussed that report with the group. Based on the discussions, the Congress president has decided to constitute an Empowered Action Group-2024 in order to address the political challenges ahead,” he said.

Committee members KC Venugopal, Digvijaya Singh, Ambika Soni, Surjewala, Jairam Ramesh, and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were present in the meeting held at 10 Janpath in New Delhi.

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On Friday, the Congress group convened by Sonia Gandhi to devise a revival strategy, as proposed by Kishor, filed a report on its ‘findings.’

According to media reports, the majority of the proposals were judged to be realistic and beneficial.

Kishor has been commended by Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who described him as a “brand.” Those opposed to Kishor’s admission to the party, according to senior Congress leader Veerapa Moily, are “anti-reformers.”

Surjewala stated that the ‘Chintan Shivir’ will focus on the present political and economic environment, as well as the problems it poses to society.

Farmer and agricultural labourer welfare, scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, OBCs, religious and linguistic minorities, and women’s welfare, as well as societal issues.

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“In addition, matters relating to organisational restructuring and strengthening will be examined. The Chintan Shivir will also deliberate on the broad strategy of the Indian National Congress for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections,” Surjewala said.

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