The congressional dissidents’ request to revive the party’s parliamentary council is on the list of suggestions to be considered by the Congressional Working Committee (CWC), but is unlikely to be accepted, sources said.
“There is a request (for a congressional parliamentary council) but it is unlikely to be accepted by the CWC because it is seen as a reduction in the powers of the president of Congress,” said a party leader.
The CWC is the highest decision-making body of Congress.
The parliamentary council, the mechanism of which is enshrined in the Congress constitution, was abolished after PV Narasimha Rao took office as prime minister. It has not been revived since.
“The Working Committee will set up a parliamentary committee consisting of the President of Congress and nine other members, one of whom will be the leader of the Congress party in Parliament, with the President of Congress as chairman for the purpose of regulating and coordinate the parliamentary activities of the parties of the Congress of the Legislature and will establish rules in this regard,” states the constitution of the Congress.
If formed, the council will also play a key role in the selection of party candidates for Lok Sabha and assembly polls, currently handled by the election committee.
Congressional dissidents, also known as the G-23, have insisted on reviving the parliamentary committee system to make decision-making more inclusive. Gandhi’s followers, sources said, are determined not to allow the proposal, which has led to a fight.
The CWC will also consider several other suggestions made during the three-day Congress conclave in Udaipur, where key leaders gathered to discuss issues affecting the party and strategies to revamp it.
Among the proposals are the “One Person One Post” and “One Family One Ticket” rules.
While Congress had said there was unanimity to bring back the “one family, one ticket” rule, it hinted in advance that the Gandhis would be exempt.
“If the family members still want to challenge them, they should have been active for five years,” Congress leader Ajay Maken said. This makes all three Gandhis – Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra – eligible for the contest.
Other suggestions for consideration include a proposal to ensure that half of party positions are held by leaders under the age of 50, increasing the representation of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, other backward classes and minorities to 50% at all levels and by forging alliances. at the regional level.