Congress’ Special Committee To Meet Today Amid Internal Storm & RJD’s Criticism Over Bihar Loss

A meeting of the Congress Special Committee to assist interim president Sonia Gandhi will be held on Tuesday amid the ongoing debate among the party leaders over its poor performance in the Bihar assembly election and other state by-polls. The meeting of senior members is set to take place at 5 pm through video conferencing but its agenda is not clear. This meeting has been called at a time when many voices within the party have sought to review the Congress leadership after the defeat in the elections. Kapil Sibal, one of the 23 Congress leaders who had earlier written a letter to Sonia Gandhi demanding reforms in the party, has sought a fresh introspection after its defeat in Bihar. However, he came under fire from fellow Congress leaders for discussing the party’s ‘internal matters’ in public. From Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot to Delhi Congress president Anil Chaudhary, Congress leaders have targeted Sibal for seeking introspection in the party after its defeat. At this point, the meeting of Sonia Gandhi’s advisory committee raises a lot of speculation. In August, the Congress formed a Special Committee to assist the interim president on organisational and operational matters. Its members include senior leaders Ahmed Patel, KC Venugopal, AK Antony, Ambika Soni, Mukul Wasnik, Randeep Surjewala, among others. Notably, Ahmed Patel will not be present at the meeting as he is admitted to the hospital due to ill health. 

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