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CWC meeting: No elevation for Rahul, Sonia Gandhi to remain President for another year

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 8 September 2015, 14:19 IST

The Congress Working Committee, the party's highest policy making body, has adopted a resolution extending Sonia Gandhi's tenure as president by another year. This has put to rest all speculations about vice president Rahul Gandhi being given the top job in the party.

CWC has also decided to reserve 50 per cent of party posts for SC, ST, OBC and women.

While the decision was a given, the highlight of the CWC meeting was the sharp attack launched by Sonia Gandhi on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

She accused him of "hawaa baazi (talking in the air)" and said he had failed abysmally to "match media events with actual accomplishments."

"It has become painfully clear that most of the pledges made by the Prime Minister during his election campaign were nothing more than hawa baazi," Mrs Gandhi said, addressing top party leaders at the Congress Working Committee.

She also criticised the government's "unedifying flip flops" on its Pakistan policy. "The security situation in our neighbourhood has deteriorated considerably," she said, adding, "Instead of a coherent policy on Pakistan, this government can't seem to make up its mind on what it should do."

She also took up the issue of Modi government's deliberate attempt at targeting Jawaharlal Nehru's legacy. "History is sought to be rewritten with special targeting of Jawaharlal Nehru," she said.

Gandhi, 68 has been at the helm of affairs since 1998. She is now the longest serving chief of the party.

First published: 8 September 2015, 14:19 IST
 
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