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Sonia Gandhi constituted 3 committees on economic , foreign and national security affairs

November 20, 2020 04:49 PM

New Delhi, Nov 20
Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who left Delhi for a few days on medical advice on Friday, constituted three committees each comprising former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and some letter-writers barring Kapil Sibal.

Gandhi, who left Delhi with son Rahul Gandhi, approved the committees on economic affairs, foreign affairs and national security to discuss related matters and formulate the party's position on policy matters, the most recent being India staying away from the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.

The committees feature four leaders who recently wrote a letter to Sonia demanding an organisational overhaul. These are Anand Sharma, Shashi Tharoor, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Veerappa Moily.

The four leaders, after flagging their concerns in the controversial letter, refrained from making critical remarks of the leadership.

Veteran Kapil Sibal, the only letter writer to again castigate the Congress for its inertia in the face of poll losses, hasn't found a place in any panel.

Anand Sharma and Tharoor have been named in the committee on foreign affairs. Sharma had recently contradicted Congress stand on India's position vis a vis the RCEP and has argued that India should have joined the trade block. This was against the previous party line which Congress leader Rahul Gandhi articulated last year when he repeatedly made public statements against India joining the RCEP.
- Agencies

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