Shashi Tharoor / Photo: Biju Varghese, Mathrubhumi
Thiruvananthapuram: All major political parties in India is buckling up for the general elections 2024. Congress, one of the oldest political party, which stumbled in the last two editions of the general elections has been attempting a facelift with measures like Chintan Shivir and Bharat Jodo Yatra. Kerala offered a favourable result to the party in last edition. As a result, debates and speculations on who all will find spot in Congress Working Committee (CWC) has been gaining momentum.
At present, AK Antony, Oommen Chandy, KC Venugopal are the members in CWC. Antony has stepped down from national politics and relocated to Thiruvananthapuram. Health issues are troubling Oommen Chandy. As a result, both leaders are likely to distance themselves. It is almost certain that Venugopal will be there in CWC. While it is also likely that Ramesh Chennithala may find a place.
The case of Shashi Tharoor who has been in limelight over revealing his interest in becoming chief ministerial candidate in the state remains curious. He has not yet clarified whether he will contest to be part of CWC. Another interesting question is whether High Command itself will recommend Tharoor to CWC.
As per party policy, 12 members will face elections, while president will suggest names of 11 members. If no names are suggested, then the members have to contest with the panel put up by High Command. The two other members in CWC are Congress president and parliamentary party leader.