CWC delays Youth Congress recommendation to set retirement age at 65: report

New Delhi | Jagran Political Office: The Congress Working Committee (CWC) has decided to postpone the recommendation of the party’s youth wing to raise the retirement age of its leaders to 65 until the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, according to a report by the ANI news agency.

The recommendation, proposed by the Congress Youth Committee, was accepted by party leader Sonia Gandhi during her three-day “Chintan Shivir” in Udaipur in Rajasthan. However, according to ANI, the recommendation caused an uproar in Congress.

It should be noted that several senior Congress leaders like Kamal Nath, Ashok Gehlot, Digvijay Singh, P Chidambaram, Mallikarjun Kharge, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Pratibha Virbhadra Singh, Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Pawan Bansal are all over 65 years old. . Even Sonia Gandhi is over 65.

During discussions, congressional leaders decided to postpone the recommendation because “it would be a bad idea to make such a decision in haste.” The recommendation, the Congress decided, would be implemented gradually after the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, according to the ANI.

The Congress, however, agreed to bring several reforms to the party to counter the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2024. It decided to launch a “Bharat Jodo” campaign of Kanyakumari in Kashmir from 2 October to reach at base.

The big old party also passed the “Nav Sankalp” statement in which it decided to announce groundbreaking changes like putting a five-year cap on leaders holding a particular office, allocating 50 percent of positions in the organization to those under the age of 50. years and calling for setting the retirement age for members of parliament, state legislatures and other elective positions.

“We will win. This is our determination. This is our Nav Sankalp (new resolution). Congress will have a new uday (dawn). This is our Nav Sankalp,” Sonia Gandhi said at the end of the Chintan Shivir.

“I have also decided to have an advisory group from the CWC which would meet regularly under my chairmanship to discuss and deliberate on policy issues and challenges before our party. Of course we have the CWC which meets from time to time and who will continue.”

“The new group is not, however, a collective decision-making body, but it will help me benefit from the vast experience of senior colleagues,” she said.

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