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Rahul Gandhi chairs first meeting of Congress Steering Committee

18 February 2018

"The steering committee will function in place of the Working Committee of the party", AICC general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi said.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has formed a steering committee that will function instead of the Congress Working Committee for the forthcoming plenary session, the party announced today. The schedule of the plenary session is likely to be discussed in the meeting.

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In an announcement made by Rahul Gandhi yesterday, it has been stated that the party's Working Committee, the highest policy-making body comprising veteran leaders such as former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, P. Chidambaram and Ghulam Nabi Azad, has been disbanded.

Asked whether elections for the CWC will take place during the plenary session, Surjewala said whenever such a decision is taken, "we shall inform you".

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Rahul has identified joblessness, the farm crisis and corruption as the main issues on which the BJP will be targeted in the comings months, said party sources, adding that the leader wanted the Congress to represent all classes and focus on articulating the concerns of women, Dalits, tribals and OBCs.

Rahul Gandhi formally took over as the new Congress President assuming the mantle of the country's oldest political party from his mother Sonia Gandhi on December 16, 2017. The Committee will meet on Saturday to decide the date and venue of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) plenary.

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While all CWC members are part of the new committee, some of the permanent invitees like Amarinder Singh, Vilas Muttemwar, RK Dhawan, Shivajirao Deshmukh, MV Rajasekharan and Mohsina Kidwai, as well all special invitees have been dropped. Till now CWC members have mostly been selected by the party president.

Rahul Gandhi chairs first meeting of Congress Steering Committee