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Sonia targets Modi, slams NDA govt for taking ordinance route

Emerging from a nearly four-hour-long CWC meeting, attended by Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi as well as former prime minister Manmohan Singh among others, Congress leader Ambika Soni said, "There was an in-depth discussion on the wrong policies of the NDA (government) that is adopting the ordinance route."

With the clamour in several ranks amongst the party members for the elevation of Rahul as the president of the party, Soni said there was no such discussion in the meeting this time. "Rahul Gandhi is our vice president and he is playing a very prominent role (in the party). He is also guiding from upfront on many organisation matters. But today (Tuesday) we spoke on the agenda connected with organisation matter only", Soni said.

Congress also said that they are planning a massive membership drive by launching a nationwide mass contact programme. "We will use new technology to connect with the youth and drive membership higher," said senior Congress leader Janardan Dwivedi.

"Today's Congress Working Committee meeting was on organisational elections and on crises in agriculture sector," said Dwivedi while addressing a press conference in the Capital at AICC office. Dwivedi, who was addressing the media after the CWC meet, said, "The democratic institutions are being undermined, Modi govt has promulgated 10 ordinances in 7 months." Criticising the Land Act ordinance, Dwivedi said, "This government has destroyed a landmark legislation and brought back British laws."

"The MSP of certain crops has gone beyond cultivating price causing several farmers to commit suicide," Dwivedi added."We have to communicate that Modi govt is not serving the nation by surpassing parliamentry debates," he said.

As many as 30 CWC members discussed the land ordinance, introduced by the BJP government last month, and other organisational matters, including the membership drive, at the meeting that lasted until 2 pm at the Congress headquarters in Delhi.

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