AICC President Rahul Gandhi inducted not a single leader from the Telugu states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in the newly formed Congress Steering Committee. The steering committee will function in place of the working committee of the party,"AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said in a statement".
"We are expecting about 25,000 party leaders and workers to attend the plenary".
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.
Sharing details of the meeting with media, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said, "A plenary session of the Congress to discuss and evolve the party's future strategy will be held in Delhi on March 16, 17 and 18".
With election fever gripping Karnataka, the Congress on Saturday made a decision to hold its three-day plenary in the national capital from March 16 to 18. However, elections to the 12 positions have only been held five times in the party's 133-year history.
The session, which is likely to ratify Rahul Gandhi's elevation as president of the party, may pave the way for the selection of the members of the new Working Committee of the party. "The answer perhaps would be no", he said, taking a dig at the ruling party. Rahul was elected party chief last December, marking the culmination of the Congress' internal elections.
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.