The CWC has 55 members. They include Party president, 25 main members, 19 permanent invitees and the remaining special invites. Of them only 18 members contested the election. This means 37 members did not even contest. Of the 18 who contested, only Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Gaurav Gogoi of Assam and A Chellakumar of Tamil Nadu managed to win. Though he had won from Wayanad, Rahul lost from his fiefdom of Amethi.
Look at the long list of leaders who did not contest this time. It includes Ambika Soni, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mukul Wasnik, PC Chako and P Punia. Rajiv Satav and KC Venugopal, who won in 2014 did not contest this time.
CWC member and Sonia Gandhi's eyes and ears, Ahmed Patel last fought elections in 1991, while Motilal Vora contested last in 1999. AK Antony did not contest the election after 2001. Rajni Patel contested last n 1995, while Ramachandra Khuntia last contested in 1996. The record in this regard goes to G Sanjiva Reddy, who last contested in 1969, a year before Rahul Gandhi's birth. Others like Priyanka Vadra, Anand Sharma and Sachin Rao are yet to contest an election in their life.
Can such a motely crowd defeat seasoned warrior Narendra Modi?