Cong to strike balance between loyalty, winnability of nominees
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The Congress looks set to undergo some drastic changes in terms of fixing responsibility and accountability in the organisation with newly appointed vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday indicating that turncoats from other parties might have to go through a cooling-off period in the Congress before being given party ticket or organisational post.
The Jaipur Declaration of the party bore the stamp of the so-called Rahul brigade who had been demanding accountability from veterans who nominate candidates for party tickets. "It is of utmost importance that when senior party leaders recommend candidates, they must own responsibility for failure. Nepotism in the organisation's structure is a cause of great concern," stated the declaration.
It added that winnability alone should not be the benchmark for deciding nominees during elections and "a balance is required between loyalty and winnability". All BCCs and DCCs must be constituted in a time-bound manner. The number of terms for presidents of PCCs and DCCs should be restricted to two and the tenure of each term should not be more than three years. To harness new information technologies and use them to communicate effectively through the traditional media and the social media, the declaration said the Congress will deepen and widen the use of IT by setting up IT cells right up to the block level.
Emphasising the need for discipline, Rahul said on Sunday that there is need to take action against those partymen who contest as Independents or field Independents. Stating that BCCs and DCCs should have a role in ticket distribution, Rahul noted people from other parties join the Congress before the election, contest, and then fly out of the party. He said the party should focus on leadership development so there are 40-50 leaders capable of being prime ministers and there are many leaders in a state who could be appointed chief minister.