Gandhis To Skip Key Poll Meet Today, Will Attend Raipur Congress Conclave

RAIPUR: Former Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, son Rahul and daughter Priyanka will not attend a key meeting to be held in Chhattisgarh’s Raipur Friday that will discuss elections to the party’s top body, the Working Committee, sources reported.

According to sources, the Gandhis want to give a free hand to the new Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge and not influence the decisions in any way. They will, however, attend the rest of the conclave that hopes to brainstorm for the 2024 national elections.

Sonia Gandhi passed on the reins of the 137-year-old outfit to loyalist Mallikarjun Kharge in October. Considered the first family of the party, the Gandhis maintain a firm hold on it.

At the 85th plenary session in Raipur the party would lay out a roadmap for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections and finalise the strategy for poll tie-ups with other opposition parties to take on the BJP.

At the steering committee meeting, Congress leaders are expected to endorse the leadership of Mallikarjun Kharge and pave the way for a new working committee led by him.

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