The newly appointed district and city presidents of Congress were assigned their first task by AICC general secretary Madhusudan Mistry on Wednesday. They have been told search out such 100 people in their respective districts, and prepare a list with their contact numbers by September 24, who are ready to devote time for Congress.
Motivating the newly appointed office bearers to perform, Mistry told them at an indoor meeting at the party headquarters that bypolls to 11 assembly seats in UP is their first big challenge, which should be taken up seriously.
“Aise 100 logon ki list banao jo Congress ko full time de sakein. Naye, Purane. Prepare the list with name and telephone numbers,” Mistry told the district-city heads. He further said they should learn to distinguish between the committed people and those who are mere crowd. “I see same 50 faces everywhere, whenever there is a programme. More and more new people should be involved,” Mistry told the leaders.
Sources inform that party is planning to form a group of such people, who can be connected through a common medium. The district and city heads have been asked to submit the list to the state Congress president.
“Establish regular contact with people, be there at their marriages, birth and death,” Mistry told the office bearers.
Sources inform that about 20 district and city heads did not attend their first meeting with Mistry. Some had taken a plea that they could not come due to the ongoing bypolls in their regions. PCC chief Nirmal Khatri suggested that apart from those engaged in bypolls, all those who did not come for the meeting should be given showcause notice seeking their explanation.
Later in the day, Mistry along with other senior leaders including Khatri, party MLA Rita Bahuguna Joshi, former MP Annu Tandon and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Sinh attended a function organised to mark the 109th birth anniversary of former party stalwart Kamlapathi Tripathi. The programme was organised by his grandson Rajeshpati Tripathi.
PM’s Sept 5 speech a brainwash: Mistry
After the meeting at the state headquarters, Madhusudan Mistry said that he does not believe in forcing someone, especially young children, to listen to someone’s speech. He was replying to a question on preparations being made in the state to ensure that school children listen to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech on Teacher’s Day. Mistry said that the actual aim was to condition the young minds. “It is a brainwash. Children should be allowed to watch what they want. Such things cannot be forced upon,” he said.