NEW DELHI: Having suffered a string of electoral defeats that pushed down the morale of its rank and file, the Congress leadership is hoping that organisational elections would lift the mood of despondency in the party.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi Tuesday met general secretaries and state Congress chiefs, his first such meeting after the setbacks in Maharasthra and Haryana, and asked them to ensure that the internal elections are held in a fair and transparent fashion.
It is another matter that the once-in-five-year internal elections are not being held the way Rahul wanted, suggesting that the age-old approach of electing leadership through consensus would not change.
Rahul introduced mandatory elections in NSU(I) and Youth Congress, but the parent body is not yet ready to make the switch.
He has been promising a larger say to grassroot workers in the election of party office-bearers for long.
Rahul has also been arguing that even the officebearers of the AICC — general secretaries and secretaries — should be elected and not nominated.
Both Rahul and Congress president Sonia Gandhi want the internal election process to be utilised to reinvigorate and rejuvenate the party which is virtually a rudderless ship right now.
Rahul conveyed this to the general secretaries and PCC chiefs on Tuesday.
Mullappally Ramachandran, who heads the central election authority, had a lengthy meeting with Sonia on Monday.
He has been asked to ensure that the internal election exercise is truly effective and foolproof.
At Tuesday’s meeting, state units were asked to begin a month-long membership drive in December to kick-start the organisational election process.
Ramachandran said the pradesh returning officers for all the states would be appointed by this month end. – From Indian Express