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After Lok Sabha drubbing, Cong dissolves all district units in capital

Congress party Vice President Rahul Gandhi. ( Source: AP ) Congress party Vice President Rahul Gandhi. ( Source: AP )
Written by Naveed Iqbal | New Delhi | Posted: May 23, 2014 12:25 am

After facing a double rout -in Assembly and Lok Sabha elections — in the capital, the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) on Thursday dissolved all 14 district and 140 block Congress committees. The move came into immediate effect on the direction of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary and in-charge of Delhi affairs Shakeel Ahmed.

“The decision has been taken to ensure greater representation of youth and deprived sections of society at the grassroot level,” Ahmed said.

The party said the dissolution of committees should not be construed as a shifting of blame for the drubbing it got in Lok Sabha polls. The Congress drew a blank in the capital with all its seven MPs losing their seats. The party had won just eight seats in the 70-member Delhi Assembly last December.

“We allowed the committees to continue after the Delhi elections only because parliamentary elections were close,” Ahmed said.

The party believes a structural revamp will “strengthen and revitalise” the Congress in Delhi, especially as senior party leaders have said they would prefer fresh elections over “repeating the mistake” of supporting the AAP for government formation in Delhi.

DPCC chief spokesperson Mukesh Sharma said the party will take steps to give a new direction to its functioning in the next one month.

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