Move out of offices, Rahul Gandhi tells PCCs; sets time-bound agenda

Rahul Gandhi today set time-bound targets for the state Congress chiefs, who were asked to increase contact with workers, making it clear that reward will be linked to their performance and tickets will be given only after the candidates fulfil the set criteria.

After a two-day interaction with PCC chiefs and CLP leaders as part of an exercise to tone up the Congress before the next polls, Gandhi asked the state party presidents to "move out of party's state offices" for at least 10 days in a month and visit the districts and blocks to hear the partymen's grievances and strengthen the organisation.

He also gave a timeline of two-month to the state leaders to ensure that all district Congress Committees and Block Congress Committees are constituted in this period, adding that he will review the performance of the PCC chiefs on this count, party sources said.

Gandhi also decided to meet the PCC and CLP chiefs in the national capital once every two-three months and told them to carry out a similar exercise with DCC presidents in their states, they said.

He also promised to work out a mechanism to be in touch with the state leaders through internet tools or phone regularly saying "there should not be any communication gap".

Making it clear that only those who perform will be rewarded, the Congress vice president also sounded a warning that leaders who fail to come up with desired results will be made answerable, the sources said.

Amid complaints that Union Ministers do not visit party offices when they visit the states, Gandhi said the ministers must visit the PCC offices and interact with the state leaders when they go there.

The meeting saw demands that senior leaders, who recommend tickets for anyone, should take responsibility if the candidates perform badly or lose. A demand was also raised to implement the 'one-man one-post' formuale in the party.

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