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Congress plans to divide state unit on Youth Congress model

Congress is seriously considering dividing its state unit into four parts on the pattern of the Youth Congress for better management and control.

Written by Maulshree Seth | Lucknow | Published: March 22, 2012 2:46 am

Following the recent poll debacle in Uttar Pradesh,the Congress is seriously considering dividing its state unit into four parts on the pattern of the Youth Congress for better management and control.

The senior party leadership is planning this experiment to establish itself at the grassroot level in the state before the 2014 Lok Sabha election.

Despite various attempts,they had failed to do this before Assembly elections. Of 403 Assembly seats in UP,the Congress won just 28 seats,whereas its alliance partner RLD won nine.

Both Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi,in their first public appearance after the election,blamed “weak organisation in UP” for the debacle. Sonia promised to correct the mistakes as well. Sources in the party said the senior leadership has already started taking stock of leaders to divide the state unit in four parts and were discussing the best possible ways to effect this division.

At present,the Congress has 115 district and city committees across 75 districts of the state. These include 73 district committees and 42 city-level committees in big districts for better management. For any state president,it has always been difficult to keep constant watch on all the units or the grassroot level functionaries from the state headquarters in Lucknow.

Sources said that before any change of guard in the state,the party is likely to decide on the pattern of work distribution as well. “The issue is whether there should be one state president and then zonal coordinators under him or one state co-ordinator and then four state presidents under him. Those supporting the first idea are of the view that there needs to be one prominent face of the party across the state and then sub-heads under him. Whereas those promoting second option are of the view that if there is one state president then almost similar circumstances would prevail,” said a senior party leader.

At present,the party has kept both options open. Rahul is likely to visit Uttar Pradesh by the end of this month or first week of April and he is likely to take opinion of grassroot level workers on the issue as well.

Rahul had divided Youth Congress into four zones before 2009 Lok Sabha elections — central,western,eastern and Bundelkhand Zone – and each zone was given elected representatives in the past three years. While each zone has got its separate president,there is one coordinator,who acts as a link between the four zones and IYC office in Delhi.

The reason cited for this division was better management and control of the Youth Congress in large state like UP. Some of the organisational reforms were tried by Rahul in the main body as well in 2010,but they did not succeed. After initial strictness,at large number of places district and city units “nominated” their presidents rather than “electing” them.

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