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…then Congress will follow BJP’s strategy? Formula came out in Chintan Shivir, but that one thing is knocking the leaders


New Delhi: Contemplation is going on in the Congress, which is facing defeat on defeat in the elections. The camp (Congress Chintan Shivir) is set up in Udaipur of party-ruled Rajasthan. today is the last day. Party President Sonia Gandhi, sitting with her close friends, is advising how to get back the lost Congress support and public trust in the country so that the winning chariot of the saffron party can be stopped. It is a difficult time, a big test is ahead in the form of 2024 Lok Sabha elections. The eyes of Congressmen and other parties from all over the country are towards this Congress’s ‘Chintan Shivir’. The general perception among people is whether this time will really look like some change or will the result be the same as in the last several years. However, according to the indications received so far, the Congress party wants to move on the formula of social engineering. She also wants to associate herself with different groups, sections of the society like BJP. However, there is no consensus on this within the party.

opposition to the formula
During a discussion on the political issue in the Chintan Shivir, a leader suggested that the Parties should try to associate with such institutions/bodies which represent the major sections of the society. It can be a better way to bring religious, caste and social groups with you. Some members like Karnataka MLA BK Hari Prasad opposed it.

Expressing concern, he said that this formula will make Congress like BJP, which woos people on the basis of religion. However, leaders like Acharya Pramod and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel supported the proposal. He argued that the Congress’ reach could be inclusive where it would connect beyond caste and religious divides and would not copy the BJP’s strategy which focuses on one religion.

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Sources said senior advocate Abhishek Singhvi acted as mediator on the issue and coordinated the matter. Soft Hindutva has also been discussed vigorously in the Congress camp. One leader argued that the party should not be defensive on the issue of polarization and strongly criticized the BJP for its divisive politics.

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However, some members felt that the party should avoid outright aggression. Baghel argued that the Congress targets communalism exactly, it should go ahead with cultural linkage to the Hindus like the Congress is adopting many initiatives like religious tourism, cow protection and purchase of cow dung in Chhattisgarh. He also said that Madhya Pradesh leader Kamal Nath is also following the same policy and it has shown good results and he has been successful in keeping the BJP under control.

Big things of discussion inside Congress

  • The Congress party can ensure 50 percent representation at every level in the organization for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes and minority communities.
  • In the ‘Navsankalp Chintan Shivir’, the Congress has taken a step towards changing its stand on the provision of ‘quota within quota’ regarding women’s reservation and has made up its mind to advocate reservation in the private sector as well.
  • Congress took a pledge for ‘debt-free’ for the farmers and said that now the Minimum Support Price (MSP) should get legal right in the country and farmers’ welfare fund should also be established.
  • It was also discussed whether organizational reforms should be done so that the party can send a message to the weaker sections. A member of the Coordination Committee on Social Justice of the Congress formed for the Chintan Shivir, K. Raju said that a proposal has come that a Social Justice Advisory Committee should be formed which will suggest what steps should be taken so that the trust of these sections can be won.
  • The committee has recommended that the party should take a stand in favor of caste based census. He said that there is a need to enact a central law and state laws regarding the SC-ST ‘sub-plan’.
  • A Congress leader said, “Jobs are getting reduced in the government sector. In such a situation, we are recommending to the party leadership that there should be reservation for SC, ST and OBC in private sector jobs also. He said that the Committee on Social Justice has also advocated for the provision of reservation for OBC category in Lok Sabha and Legislative Assemblies.
  • The Women’s Reservation Bill was passed in the Rajya Sabha during the UPA government, but due to opposition from many parties, it could not be passed in the Lok Sabha. On the change in the earlier stand on women’s reservation issue, senior Congress leader Kumari Selja said, “There was never any objection to this (quota within quota). At that time there was a coalition government. It was difficult to get everyone together. At that time we could not get it passed. should change with time. Today it is felt that this is how it should proceed.
  • When asked whether the Congress was following the formula of social engineering, senior party leader Salman Khurshid said that social justice is done through social engineering.

(TOI reporter Subodh Ghildialwith language input)

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