The Congress party has already cleared the names of 1,338 elected and 487 co-opted AICC members who will attend the session, with only elected members being able to vote in the elections for the Congress Working Committee, which is the party’s highest decision-making body. However, as per Article 14 of the Congress Constitution, co-opted members at the AICC, PCC, and lower levels cannot exercise any voting right in any organizational election nor can they contest any election in the organization. But they are not debarred from seeking election to full membership of any committee in the normal manner.
The Congress party’s upcoming plenary session in Raipur has generated a lot of excitement among party members, as the party discusses their roadmap for the upcoming Assembly elections in 2023 and General Elections in 2024. The Congress Steering Committee is set to meet on February 24 to finalize the agenda for the session, which is expected to be attended by 15,000 people, including 9,915 PCC delegates with 3,000 co-opted PCC delegates.
The Congress party is taking extra care to ensure proper representation from various sections of society, including SCs, STs, women, OBCs, and minorities, with 704 AICC delegates from the general category, 381 from OBC, 228 from minority communities, 192 from Scheduled Castes, and 133 from Scheduled Tribes.
During a joint press conference, General Secretary Tariq Anwar stated that the plenary would be an opportunity for the party to discuss their roadmap for the upcoming elections, as the party has rejuvenated during the Bharat Jodo Yatra. General Secretary, Organisation K.C. Venugopal shared that the tagline of the plenary would be “hath se hath jodo,” which is the ongoing outreach program that started on January 26.
Congress General Secretary in-charge of Chhattisgarh, Kumari Selja, shared that 235 of the delegates are women, and 501 delegates are below the age of 50 years. These statistics demonstrate the Congress party’s commitment to including diverse voices and perspectives in the plenary session and, ultimately, in the decision-making process.