Congress holds plenary session; set to target BJP, right-wing terror

The plenary session is being held at a time when the Congress is under attack over the various scams that have hit headlines in the past few months.

Last Updated: Dec 19, 2010, 11:50 AM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: At a time when the Congress is under attack over the various scams that have hit headlines in the past few months, the national party is holding a plenary session in the national capital beginning Sunday.

The All India Congress Committee (AICC), at its 83rd plenary session being held at Burari in north Delhi, is expected to adopt four resolutions on political, economic, foreign affairs and 125 years of the Congress party.

The Congress completes 125 years of its existence today.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, party general secretary Rahul Gandhi, a host of other senior leaders and some 15,000 delegates are attending the session.

The draft resolutions were finalised at a meeting of the subjects committee held yesterday.

Party sources said communalism, especially right-wing radicalism, is expected to be the focal point of the draft political resolution.

The plenary is likely to call upon the government to investigate the role of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), and all like minded sister organisations in terror attacks.

The 2G spectrum controversy is expected to find a mention in the context of probity in public life. The party is also to mount an attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for not taking decisive steps in Karnataka despite allegations of nepotism against Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa.

The situation in Jammu and Kashmir and threat of Maoist violence are also likely to find mention in the political resolution.

The meeting will also decide the strategy ahead for the party, with 2011 scheduled to have elections to the Assemblies of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Kerala, Assam and West Bengal, while 2012 will see the battle of the ballot in Uttar Pradesh along with some other states including Gujarat.

Another issue likely to be discussed at the meeting is revelations by WikiLeaks cable on Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi that has provoked a fiery political conspiracy.

The cable states that Gandhi told the US Ambassador to India that Hindu extremism is a bigger threat to India than terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba.

The AICC will also project the Congress as the only party with pan-Indian presence, sources said.

Party sources said a resolution is also likely to be moved to amend the party constitution to increase the term of Congress president from three to five years.