Sonia Gandhi absent, Rahul Gandhi chairs Congress’ top leadership body meeting

The Congress Working Committee (CWC) began its meeting on Saturday to discuss the political situation in the country, but United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi was not present as she was unwell.

The meeting, chaired by Congress president Rahul Gandhi, was attended by senior party leaders including former prime minister Manmohan Singh.

Other top party leaders present in the meeting were A K Antony, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ahmed Patel and Sheila Dikshit among others.

Discussions on political situation in the country and the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam are likely to take place in the meeting.

This meeting is the second under Rahul Gandhi’s chairmanship.

The Congress has slammed the Narendra Modi government over the NRC, saying the highly sensitive exercise has been “tardy” and has led to massive insecurity in Assam. The NRC draft, published on July 30, has excluded 40 lakh people.

The meeting of the CWC, the Congress’ highest decision-making body, is also expected to discuss the preparations for the Assembly polls in four states this year and the issue of alliances for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

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