The Congress Working Committee in a meeting on Monday decided to defer the internal party elections temporarily, citing the Covid pandemic crisis in the country as the reason. According to Congress sources the internal party election will be held in November this year, but it is understood that it will probably be held after the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur in 2022 to prevent infighting between the leaders of the states. The Monday meeting was called by interim party president Sonia Gandhi, to discuss the drubbing faced by the Congress in the assembly polls. The CWC meeting also discussed the Covid situation in the country and the government’s handling of it. The Congress president on Tuesday set up a five-member group headed by former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, with Salman Khurshid, Manish Tewari, Vincent H Pala and Jothi Mani as members, to evaluate the party’s performance in the just-concluded assembly polls. The group will submit its report within two weeks. The party has also set up another 13-member task force, chaired by senior party member and former Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, for Covid relief work.