Congress sets up consultative group under Manmohan Singh to evolve party’s stand on key issues


Interim Congress president Sonia Gandhi has constituted an 11-member consultative group to formulate the party’s views on various issues, including those related to coronavirus outbreak.

The group will be headed by former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh. Former party chief Rahul Gandhi, who has been critical of the government’s handling of the pandemic that had claimed about 480 lives so far, is a member of the group.

The other members in the group are party’s chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala, general secretary in-charge organisation KC Venugopal, former union ministers P Chidambaram, Manish Tewari and Jairam Ramesh and Praveen Chakravarty, Gaurav Vallabh, Supriya Shrinate and Rohan Gupta.

In a press release, the party said the group will meet every day to discuss the current issues and formulate the party’s stand on those. The party has been demanding increase in testing, adequate personal protection equipment to health workers and concrete steps to mitigate the hardships of migrant workers stranded in various states as well as the farmers.

The Congress has demanded state-specific special economic packages and urged the Centre to clear all pending dues, including the GST, to states to enable them to fight the pandemic. It also urged the government to ensure phased lifting of the lockdown.

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