Rahul Gandhi to now interact with state leaders
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However, there is also a feeling that the exercise has begun late when only a little more than one year is left for general elections and only few months for assembly polls as Congress faces a host of challenges.
"He means business and believes in a system to do things. That will definitely have its positive impact. But the time is short. Had he taken charge earlier and such exercises begun one year back, results would have been very different," said a leader, who participated in the deliberations.
During the interactions, Gandhi gave an impression that he wanted a candid view of where the party actually stands, said an AICC secretary who also recalled "this was first such major exercise in which party leaders working at different
levels in the organisation had a free wheeling discussion."
He said that initially the participants were hesitant to raise unpleasant questions. However, as Gandhi told them to talk freely and fearlessly, a wide range of issues including anomalies in ticket distribution, lack of coordination and non-allocation of works to juniors came up.
There were also complaints that some of the Chief Ministers go to any extent to ensure that any other potential person does not rise in the party and win elections.
There are expectations that Gandhi will take steps to "free the party from the grip of few" and ensure "greater representation to non-elites" both at the Centre and in
states, a leader said.