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Elected Cong chief by June

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New Delhi, Jan 22: The Congress party will have an elected president by June 2021, with the party’s working committee on Friday approving hold-ing the internal election after the as-sembly polls. 

The committee after a three and a half hour meeting authorised incumbent party chief Sonia Gandhi to schedule the internal election after the conclu-sion of assembly polls in five states. 

Addressingajoint press conference, Congress leaders K C Venugopal and Randeep Surjewala said elections to the CWC will also be held but it remains to be seen whether they can be sched-uled before or after the election to the Congress chiefs post.

 Sources said the Central Election Authority has proposed the holding of polls for electing the party president and AICC session on May29 and the work-ing committee discussed the dates, but authorised Sonia Gandhi to schedule them after the assembly polls. 

The CWC passed three resolutions demanding a repeal of the three agri-culture laws, a time-bound JPC probe into the alleged violations of national security and Official Secrets Act and another to ensure that the government ensures free time-bound COVID-19 vac-cination for the poor and oppressed sections.

 The CWC decided that there will be an elected Congress President by June 2021 at any cost, AICC gen-eral secretary K C Venugopal said. AICC general secretary K C Venugopal said the little change of schedule depending on the state elec-tions will be decided soon. The CWC discussed the schedule of Congress presidents elections in May-end, proposed by its election authority .

All CWC members unanimously re-quested Congress president that the internal elections should not interfere with the assembly elections. He said the Congress president was requested unanimously to reschedule AICC Plenary Session to the end of June 2021 and the Congress chiefs elec-tion would be concluded by June 2021. 

We will conduct elections as per the Constitution of the party. We need a change of schedule due to assembly polls as counting would be underway in May he said. Asked about any dissenting notes on the holding of elections, Surjewala said, There was no dis-sent at the meeting. 

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