1stnewz Staff : Congress chief Sonia Gandhi has set up three separate committees to discuss policy matters related to foreign, economic affairs, and national security. Former Prime Minister and senior party leader Manmohan Singh is a part of all three committees. Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram will be a part of the economic affairs panel along with party colleagues Mallikarjun Kharge and Digvijaya Singh. The committee’s convenor will be Congress leader and former Union minister Jairam Ramesh.
The panel on foreign affairs will be comprised of Anand Sharma, Shashi Tharoor, Saptagiri Ulaka, and Salman Khurshid, who will be the panel’s convenor.
In the third committee on national security, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has been named. Azad had in August called for internal elections and said that a president appointed without one may not even have 1% support of the leaders.
In August, at least 23 party leaders, including Kapil Sibal, Shashi Tharoor, Prithviraj Chavan and Milind Deora, had written to Gandhi, asking for a complete transformation of the organisation. Tharoor had also called for holding elections to appoint the party chief. He had, however, maintained that the elections should be held if Rahul Gandhi does not wish to take over as the party president.