Uniting opposition: Congress’ plan for its plenary session

Named Haath Se Haath Jodo, Congress plenary session in Chhatisgarh will mull over direction for uniting opposition

NEW DELHI | Updated: 20 February, 2023 1:49 am IST
Congress general secretary (organisation) KC Venugopal

Congress’ 85th plenary session will be all about joining hands with next week’s event, which has been named Haath Se Haath Jodo after its all India campaign that served as a complement to its Bharat Jodo Yatra.

While the plenary session in Raipur will have widespread deliberations on subjects broached upon at its ‘Udaipur Nav Sankalp Chintan Shivir’, the focus, however, will be on its role in uniting the opposition.

Congress general secretary (organisation) KC Venugopal said that the party had already taken an initiative in uniting the opposition by inviting all like-minded parties during the recently concluded Bharat Jodo Yatra and while taking up the Adani issue in Parliament.

“Our job is to do that only. To try and lessen the BJP’s (Bharatiya Janata Party) numbers,” Venugopal said while commenting on recent remarks by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

CM Kumar recently stated that if the Congress takes the lead in uniting the opposition, the BJP will be unable to cross the 100-seat threshold in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

Congress general secretary (communications), Jairam Ramesh, said that the plenary would discuss the opposition unity issue further.

“Before that (2024), there were several assembly polls. But without a strong Congress, strong opposition unity is impossible,” Ramesh said. “The Congress is the only political party that has never made a compromise with the BJP anywhere,” he said.

The Rajya Sabha MP said the plenary session will deliberate on whether there will be a pre-poll alliance or on any other such modalities.

While Ramesh termed the Bharat Jodo Yatra a “transformational” moment for Indian politics, Venugopal said the plenary would be a reflection of the sentiments provided by the Bharat Jodo Yatra.

The agenda for the three-day plenary session, which will be held from February 24 to 26, will be finalised in the steering committee meeting to be held on the first day.

Giving further details on the plenary, Venugopal said that around 15,000 delegates would participate in the three-day session.

There are 1,338 All India Congress Committee delegates and 487 co-opted ones, which comes to a total of 1,825 delegates. Besides, there will be a total of 9,915 Pradesh Congress Committee delegates attending the session, he said.

Venugopal said that Bharat Yatris, who walked from Kanyakumari to Kashmir, and national office bearers of the frontal organisations and departments will also attend the plenary session as special invitees.

The session will end with a public rally in Raipur, which top leaders will address.

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