Ghulam Nabi Azad, a leader of the group seeking change in Congress, has shared with party chief Sonia Gandhi a broad framework for a “collective and inclusive leadership” his group has demanded, people aware of the development of ET.

The revival of the Congressional Parliamentary Council (CPB), the most powerful decision-making body before it was thrown out in the 1990s, and an elected party’s Central Election Committee (CEC) are among the key demands raised by Azad during his meeting with Gandhi on Friday, they said.

Until a new full-time party chairman is “elected” this year, along with “an election” to the Congress Working Committee (CWC), decision-making and nominations in the party must be made through a representative and advisory coordination mechanism composed of senior leaders, he demanded on behalf of the group. All of these demands, it seems, are aimed at checking the current system of Sonia Gandhi, her son and daughter who monopolize all decision-making in the company of a few hand-picked loyalists.

Chances are the change seekers will hold another meeting and their next plan will be decided on how the Gandhis will respond to Azad’s demands. Prior to their meeting, Azad and Gandhi had telephone discussions on Thursday after Rahul Gandhi and BS Hooda held a meeting.

The demand for the revival of the CPB is high because this party body used to be the party’s highest decision-making mechanism on the organizational and parliamentary front, representing the “elected members” of the CWC, which in turn represents a first for the congress president at best. made. The equals without unilateral powers. Likewise, the requirement to elect CEC — the body for the final selection of congressional candidates and delegates — would mean removing the congressional chairman plus CPB members, limiting the party chief’s scope to indulge in unilateralism by nominated loyalists. Currently, the nominee CEC is headed by Sonia Gandhi, who in turn picked out the rest of the panel numbers.

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