Congress panel to meet soon to discuss poll outcome

New Delhi, May 20 (IANS) Amid growing demands for a revamp of the Grand Old Party, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) will meet soon to discuss the outcome of the assembly polls in four major states and the future course of action.

Congress general secretary P.C. Chacko told mediapersons here that the date for the meeting of CWC — the highest decision-making body in the party — was being worked out. “The working committee meeting will be held soon,” he said.

Congress leaders said a reshuffle of the All India Congress Committee office-bearers was also on the anvil.

Chacko said the meeting’s agenda had not been finalised but party sources said the party performance in the four assembly polls will be discussed. They said the party will also deliberate on the future roadmap.

The Congress lost power in Kerala and Assam, fared miserably in Tamil Nadu and failed to click in West Bengal.

Its sole consolation came in Puducherry where along with the DMK it captured power. The party is now in power on its own only in six states.

Party sources said the issue of party vice president Rahul Gandhi’s elevation could come up at the meeting,

There has been growing concern in the Congress on a series of assembly losses suffered after the party was routed in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Party general secretary Digvijaya Singh has called for “major surgery” in the party in the wake of the recent results.

Answering a question on Rahul Gandhi, Chacko said everybody in the party wanted to move fast.

As for West Bengal, where the Congress had a seat understanding with the Left parties, Chacko said: “Likeminded parties come together with regard to various issues. As far as we are concerned, other than the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) we don’t consider others as untouchables.”

He said Congress leaders in West Bengal wanted to have such an understanding and the central leadership had not forced any issue.

Chacko said the alliance in West Bengal did not have an adverse effects in Kerala.

He said the number of seats won by the Congress did not reflect the percentage of votes polled by it in Kerala.

–IANS

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