Congress kicks off ‘Chintan Shivir’

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More than 400 delegates are expected to attend the ‘Nav Sankalp Chintan Shivir’ to debate subject-specific concerns.

Sonia Gandhi, the Congress chief, is scheduled to address a gathering of workers in the evening.

After the Congress’s debacle in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Rahul Gandhi had quit the post of the party president and the Congress Working Committee (CWC) had appointed Sonia Gandhi as interim president.

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  • The three-day brainstorming session—’Chintan Shivir’ of the Congress began in Udaipur on Friday.

  • Party leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi are already in Udaipur, Rajasthan, for the party event.

Notably, Rahul had sought someone from outside the Gandhi family to be appointed as the chief.

A G-21 dissident group in Congress had asked for sweeping reforms in the party.

What are the focus areas? According to India Today, the conclave would focus on three primary areas: time-bound reform of the Congress party, preventing divisiveness, and preparing for approaching elections.

While the deliberations will be held for two days, a proclamation will be documented on the third day. A draft of recommendations is expected to be discussed during the CWC meeting later.

Agenda to revive and strengthen the party The group led by party president Sonia Gandhi will deliberate on the plan to strengthen the party and make structural changes, as per reports.

‘Deliberations will be held with a spirit of new Sankalp’ This year’s conclave is significant unlike other events by the Congress.

Congress insiders told India Today that the ‘Chintan Shivir’ will also try to resolve ideological, electoral, and managerial challenges. It will come up with the Udaipur declaration to be implemented ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.