Hyderabad, New Delhi:
The Congress Working Committee (CWC) is meeting today to finalise the strategy for the upcoming assembly elections in five states.
The crucial meeting in Hyderabad is aimed at boosting the party’s campaign in the poll-bound Telangana, officials said.
Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge will chair the CWC meeting. Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi will also be there, they said.
Mr Kharge said his party has fought for and ushered in democracy, social justice, progress and equality in the country. “In consonance with our long cherished philosophy, the Congress Working Committee will craft a comprehensive road map to lead the party towards victory,” he said.
The focus of the meetings, he said, will be on strengthening the organisation.
Mr Kharge also shared former Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s message. “We had made a promise to the people of Telangana. We have fulfilled that promise,” Sonia Gandhi said referring to the creation of the state of Telangana following the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh in 2014.
“Now, it’s time to lead the state into a new era of progress and prosperity. The Congress Working Committee stands ready to write a new chapter of development with dignity for all people of Telangana and our nation,” she said.
Party general secretary K C Venugopal said he is confident that Congress would form government in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram that go to polls later this year.
The grand-old party will also hold a mega rally in Hyderabad. “We will announce six guarantees for the people of Telangana. We hope that when the elections come, the party will get a clear mandate from the people,” said senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh.
Mr Ramesh termed the CWC meeting as historic that will be “transformative” for Telangana politics.
Launching a scathing attack on the BRS government led by K Chandrasekhar Rao, he said, “Understand one thing that the Modi government and the KCR government are two sides of the same coin. There is no difference between them, in Delhi there is Narendra Modi and in Hyderabad there is KCR.”.
Telangana is set to witness a triangular contest between the BJP, the ruling BRS and the Congress. The Telangana election will serve as a litmus test for the INDIA alliance before the crucial 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
The Congress reconstituted the Congress Working Committee, and made some surprise additions last month.
The committee was formed 10 months after Mallikarjun Kharge became the party chief. It has 39 regular members, 32 permanent invitees and 13 special invitees.