A K Antony to chair committee to revive Congress before polls

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New Delhi, June 4 : A seven member committee headed by Defence Minister A K Antony will ponder over electoral reverses suffered by the Congress recently and will suggest ways to strengthen its base considering the coming assembly and Lok Sabha elections.

The committee has been formed by party President Sonia Gandhi and will include All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary Digvijay Singh and Mukul Wasnik with Union Ministers P R Dasmunsi and Mani Shankar Aiyar.

Senior leader Urmila Singh and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad are the other members of the committee, which will give its suggestions to the Congress President within 15 days.

The decision to form this high level committee was taken following a meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) on Saturday considering the party's dismal show in the recently concluded Karnataka elections.

Since, it came to power in the year 2004, the Congress has suffered setbacks in 13 elections. Recently, it faced defeat in Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh and Karnataka.

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