With a catch, Congress’s One-Family-One-Ticket Rule takes a coneback

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The One-Family-One-Ticket rule may return as a matter of discussion at the Congress’s weekend brainstorming session in Rajasthan’s Udaipur – with one major caveat – as the party gathers to hammer out measures to resurrect its electoral fortunes, according to sources.

The contentious rule was reviewed at a Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting in Delhi on Monday, led by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, ahead of the three-day ‘Chintan Shivir,’ which begins on Friday.

It may not apply to the Gandhis if cleared at the big gathering and by another CWC meeting on Sunday, they claimed, possibly sabotaging chances of fighting off BJP charges accusing the Congress of prioritising family.

According to a leader, the party may also revive the parliamentary board for collective decision-making, as well as call for an alliance of all opposition parties to take on the BJP in the 2024 elections and combat “hate politics.”

They also stated that the Congress will attempt to focus on unemployment and the rising cost of living crisis, rather than allowing divisive and communal campaigns to take control, as seen in recent elections.

A separate electoral wing, led by a general secretary, for administering and coordinating election campaigns, as well as a training institute for party leaders and workers, would be explored.

The gathering will discuss how to attract more young executives under the age of 50 by reserving at least half of internal posts for them.

These recommendations were left open-ended, according to party leaders, and would be addressed further at the Udaipur brainstorming session.

They said Sonia Gandhi will speak and set the tone for the group talks on all of these issues.

The ‘Chintan Shivir’ will feature group discussions and the involvement of over 400 leaders who will discuss various strategy papers and proposals.

The Congress Working Committee will discuss and clear the resolutions and prepare the Udaipur Declaration after going through the various groupings, according to party sources.

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