Sonia may delay decision on reconstituting CWC

Grappling with one controversy after another, Congress President Sonia Gandhi could delay a decision on reconstituting the 25-member apex policy making body -- Congress Working Committee, party sources said on Wednesday.

Last Updated: Dec 01, 2010, 22:30 PM IST

New Delhi: Grappling with one controversy
after another, Congress President Sonia Gandhi could delay a
decision on reconstituting the 25-member apex policy making
body -- Congress Working Committee, party sources said on Wednesday.

Gandhi was expected to take a decision on the
the powerful CWC before the AICC Plenary here from December 18
to 20 following her re-election as party chief for the fourth
term recently.
But a senior party leader, who did not wish to be
named, said today that the task could take more time as
Gandhi`s hands have been full in recent days due to a number
of problems being faced by the party. Gandhi is also the UPA
chairperson.

The Adarsh housing scandal had prompted a change of
guard in Maharashtra, the political developments including
rebellion of Jaganmohan Reddy led to bringing in a new Chief
Minister in Andhra Pradesh and the 2G spectrum scam has
resulted in paralysing Parliament for 14 days.

In this scenario, the talk has changed in the Congress
on the CWC issue with party managers saying that it was not
proper to say that technically the reconstitution was a must
before the Plenary.

"The reconstitution may or may not take place before
the Plenary," said the leader.
Gandhi faces a ticklish task in selecting CWC members
and had herself indicated during the AICC meeting here last
month that some of the members of the Committee could face the
axe in the reconstitution exercise.

"Nominating CWC is a very difficult job. Somebody will
complain of being left out, (or ask) why others have been
made. Somewhere someone will be left out. Now when you have
put trust in me, some of you should be prepared to bear the
loss," Gandhi had said.

The CWC has been turned into a Steering Committee
following Gandhi`s re-election.

Gandhi has to nominate 23 leaders to the CWC as she as
party chief and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is also
parliamentary party leader, will reamin its members.

PTI