Rahul Gandhi set to tone up Congress party functioning

Rahul Gandhi

One-line resolutions from states authorising the Congress high command to decide candidates in elections could be a thing of the past with Rahul Gandhi set to tone up the functioning of the party.

Congress sources said Rahul, who has called a meeting of PCC presidents and CLP leaders here on February 15, could instead ask for elaborate procedures to make ticket distribution a foolproof affair.

This will be the first meeting Rahul will have with state leaders after his elevation as the Congress vice-president. He has often lamented about the absence of rules and regulations governing the organisation.

Consultations by the Congress vice-president are expected to be a day-long affair at a time when party men have been increasingly voicing concern over the ticket distribution process.

The meeting assumes significance as Assembly elections of nine states, including Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Delhi, are scheduled this year and Lok Sabha elections are not far away.

The Jaipur Declaration, which was evolved at the recently concluded 'chintan shivir' of the party, has made a strong case for an overhaul of the ticket distribution system.

"Nepotism in the organisation's structure is a cause of great concern and there is a need to arrest this tendency firmly," it had said, insisting that there must be a robust

and efficient system for monitoring and appraising performance of the party functionaries on a regular basis.

The Declaration held, "It is of utmost importance that when senior party leaders recommend particular candidates they must own responsibility in case of failure."

Another key decision at the 'chintan shivir' was that winnability alone should not be the benchmark for deciding nominees of the party during elections and a balance is

required between loyalty and winnability.

It was also decided at Jaipur that the party would push for closer integration between the parent party and its various frontal organisations.

... contd.

Please read our terms of use before posting comments
TERMS OF USE: The views, opinions and comments posted are your, and are not endorsed by this website. You shall be solely responsible for the comment posted here. The website reserves the right to delete, reject, or otherwise remove any views, opinions and comments posted or part thereof. You shall ensure that the comment is not inflammatory, abusive, derogatory, defamatory &/or obscene, or contain pornographic matter and/or does not constitute hate mail, or violate privacy of any person (s) or breach confidentiality or otherwise is illegal, immoral or contrary to public policy. Nor should it contain anything infringing copyright &/or intellectual property rights of any person(s).
comments powered by Disqus