The decision to hold organisational elections to set up district and state committees in Congress has led to resentment among cadres in Uttar Pradesh. This follows AICC’s decision to provide voters with identity cards and hold proper elections to appoint office-bearers.
AICC general secretary in-charge of the state, Madhusudan Mistry, on Wednesday has met district presidents in Lucknow and handed them the new schedule for holding fresh organisational elections.
In Uttar Pradesh, the Congress has already set up district and city committees twice in the last one year. A fresh committee was formed right before the Lok Sabha elections in 2014. However, after the poll debacle, all the committees were dissolved and new district and city presidents were appointed in August, 2014. The new state executive committee was also set up hardly three months ago.
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Sources said that the elections will be held as it was done in the Youth Congress a few years ago. The idea of holding organisation elections through voting and proper election authority was first initiated by party vice-president Rahul Gandhi. At that time, however, the elections had then taken place with members raising their hands.
“We were informed about the new schedule for election on Wednesday. We are surprised that such system is being enforced upon us when we have already undergone reform twice in the last one year. The fresh process will start from next month. How can we be expected to do anything else?” said a district president.
According to the fresh schedule given by the AICC Central Election Authority, the state is supposed to end its membership drive on May 15 and declare the list by May 30. The final list of voters, who will participate in the elections, has to be prepared by July 24. Election to grassroots booth committees has to be completed by August 14.
By August 31, block level elections have to be completed. From September 1 to 15, district and city committees, their presidents, vice-presidents and treasurer have to be elected. While the election of the state president and his committee has to be completed by September 30, AICC members have to be given identity cards by October 15.
“The entire election system has been divided into five phases. While one can raise his point, everyone will have to follow the process,”said a senior leader.
The new schedule has also made it clear that much-awaited AICC convention, which was earlier scheduled to take place in April, will not take place before the end of October or November.
When contacted, state president Nirmal Khatri said: “District and city committees were re-formed twice in the past because there was need for it. This is a set process, which has to be adopted. There was an option to hold elections through voting in the past as well, wherever required… It is too early to say how it will be implemented this time.”