Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi is arriving Bhopal on Monday morning to interact with prominent women from various fields at the old assembly building (Minto hall).
The participants will be able to give their suggestions to Rahul Gandhi on their expectations from the Congress on the vice president’s woman empowerment plan in the interaction organised by Woman Congress.
Nearly 250 women from all over the country including half a dozen from Madhya Pradesh have been invited for the dialogue with Rahul. A majority of the invitees are Congress members. They include noted film actress-activist Nafisa Ali, National Commission of Women chairperson Mamata Sharma, Nandini Azad, Hemlata Garg, Fojia Mirza, Dr Devangi Dalal, Anne Nirmala, Kunika Lall, Sharda Sathe. From Madhya Pradesh, well known litterateur Mehrunissa Parvez and social activist Indira Iyangar are among the invitees.
The Congress vice president will also attend a function at the PCC headquarters to mark takeover by the newly appointed state Congress president Arun Yadav. Gandhi will address party’s winners and losers in the just-concluded assembly elections besides 487 block Congress presidents and 500 PCC delegates.
Newly appointed leader of opposition Satyadev Katare and PCC president Arun Yadav did some tough talking on “curing the party of various diseases it is afflicted with” on Sunday.
Addressing Bhopal district Congress committee members, Katare likened MP Congress to a field where pernicious weeds have been allowed to grow over the years. He was alluding to old leadership in the party whose infighting is being largely attributed to the Congress debacle
in the assembly election.
He said after Rahul Gandhi’s visit, weeding out process will begin in right earnest.
Arun Yadav echoed Katare’s sentiments and promised to infuse young blood in the organisation.
Since he was nominated to the PCC chief post, Yadav has avoided mentioning names of bigwigs such as Digvijay Singh, Jyotiraditya Scindia, kamal Nath and even his predecessor Kantilal Bhuria.
These four leaders are conspicuous by their absence in Bhopal when fresh churning has begun in the MP unit.
Yadav-Katare duo had requested Rahul Gandhi to add visit to the MPCC office in the vice president’s Bhopal programme, party sources claimed.
The idea is to enable the losers in the assembly election to speak their heart out on how factional fight among big Congress leaders led to the debacle in the assembly election. During recent AICC meet, Rahul had openly concurred with the general perception in the party’s MP unit that factionalism was the major cause behind the Congress’s poor show. He is keen to rid the party of the old guards, most of whom are controlling the state Congress for over three decades. His decision to meet the winners and losers of the election is a step in this direction, the sources added.The sources said Katare would not have warned of curing the party of diseases without tacit approval of the high command.