Cong. starts manifesto process

The recently appointed manifesto committee of the Congress met for the first time on Monday to kickstart the process of preparing the party’s manifesto for the 2019 election.

None of the people on the committee spoke to the media but sources said the 19-member panel will meet again on Saturday.

The group is likely to have consultations with different demographic, gender and occupational groups as well as have regional consultations for feedback before finalising the document.

“This is the template that our party has been following since 2014 and we followed this even in the recent Karnataka polls,” said a party source.

Heavyweights involved

The manifesto committee includes heavyweights like former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, former Ministers Salman Khurshid, Jairam Ramesh, Kumari Selja, former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda among others.

Younger leaders in the committee include Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Badal, Mahila Congress chief Sushmita Dev, Sachin Rao, and former MP Meenakshi Natarajan.

Though the details are still being worked out, the focus of the party would be on youth, job creation, strengthening small and medium enterprises and increasing productivity of agriculture.

Meanwhile, AICC in charge of Rajasthan Avinash Pande has said all Congress leaders in the poll-bound State were “on the same page” and working unitedly for the victory of the party.

Mr. Pande also said a call was yet to be taken within the Congress on whether to go in for an alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party and other parties in Rajasthan.

WIth PTI inputs

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