Congress vows to remain vigilant, vibrant opposition

Sonia Gandhi will continue to lead the party

Congress General Secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala briefs media over the Congress Working Committee meeting in New Delhi on March 13, 2022. (Photo/Twitter-@INCIndia)

New Delhi: Despite drubbing in the recently held assembly elections in five states, the Congress has vowed to act as a vigilant and vibrant opposition.

Party’s apex body- the Congress Working Committee (CWC) met for five hours here on March 13, 2022.

The CWC requested Congress President Sonia Gandhi to lead from the front, address organisational weaknesses, effect comprehensive changes in order to take on the political challenges.

After the meeting, the CWC released a statement that said the recent Assembly election results of five states are a cause of serious concern for the Indian National Congress.

“While humbly accepting the electoral verdict of the latest round of Assembly elections, the Congress party assures its workers and the people of India that it will continue to remain a vigilant and vibrant Opposition,” the statement read.

It added that “Congress represents the hopes of millions of Indians against political authoritarianism prevailing in the country today and the party is fully conscious of its immense responsibility”.

The party accepted that due to shortcomings in its strategy, the Congress could not “effectively expose the misrule of BJP State Governments in four States & overcome anti-incumbency in Punjab in the short time after effecting a change of leadership”.

It added that the Congress Party will be fully prepared to face the electoral challenges in the election going states in 2022 & 2023 as well as in the Lok Sabha elections 2024.

The CWC has also decided to have a detailed deliberation on the party strategy and way forward in the upcoming elections in 2022, 2023 & 2024.

A ‘Chintan Shivir’ of the senior leaders will be held immediately after the current Parliament session.

Before the ‘Chintan Shivir’, the CWC will meet once again to discuss the matters to be taken up in the meeting including the organisational changes & strategies, the statement said.

The CWC expressed its gratitude towards millions of Congress workers and leaders across the five states, who worked tirelessly for the party and its candidates.

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