The Congress party is likely to shift to a new party headquarters on its foundation day, on December 28. The new premises, which is coming up at 9, Kotla Road in Central Delhi, will be named 'Indira Gandhi Bhawan' after late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. It will be inaugurated by interim President Sonia Gandhi, a top party source told news agencies. As of now, the All India Congress Committee (AICC) is located at 24, Akbar Road, which has been serving as the party's headquarters for the last four decades. The upcoming party office on Kotla road will be a six-floor building near the BJP's national office on Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg.
Interestingly, the new Congress office also has two gates, one which opens on the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg, but the party has decided to make its Kotla Road entrance as its main gate, which will also serve as the official address of the party. Besides the current 24, Akbar Road AICC headquarters, the party has other addresses in the national capital. Sewa Dal, a wing of the party has its main office at 26, Akbar Road. Apart from that the Youth Congress and NSUI have their office at 5, Raisina Road. The Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry, which is in charge of land and buildings in the capital, has already given notice to Congress to vacate the bungalows. The new party headquarters will also be the new address for Sewa Dal, NSUI and IYC.
Congress Party’s 130th foundation day comes after their defeat in 2019 Lok Sabha polls. After various organisational changes and resignation by Rahul Gandhi as the president of Congress the celebrations of the foundation day are most likely to be held in the new headquarters. As opposed to 206 seats in 2009, congress won 44 seats this year. There have also been multiple resignations by Congress leaders across many states in the country. The party will be looking to bounce back in the Maharashtra and Haryana assembly elections, the dates for which were announced on Saturday. They'll be held on October 21 in both the states and the results will be announced on October 24.