Rahul may not have his way in Cong polls

Half of CWC members will be appointed by Sonia, the rest by AICC.

Written by Manoj C G | New Delhi | Published:June 19, 2014 2:03 am
Congress general secretary in charge of organisation Janardan Dwivedi said elections will be held at all levels - from primary unit to the Congress president. Congress general secretary in charge of organisation Janardan Dwivedi said elections will be held at all levels – from primary unit to the Congress president.

Despite the crushing election defeat, the Congress would hold its once-in-five-year organisational elections on schedule. The elections are due next year and sources said the high command is set to ask state units to launch membership drives as early as possible so the election process can begin early next year and be completed by the year end.

But, the elections may not be held the way Congress second-in-command Rahul Gandhi wanted. Sources said Rahul had been arguing that even the office bearers of the AICC — general secretaries and secretaries — should be elected. But sources indicated the reshuffle of the AICC will take place in the next one month indicating that the existing system of party chief appointing the office bearers will not be tampered with.

Besides, sources said electing leadership through consensus, if there is one, would also remain unchanged. “We cannot force elections. If there is a consensus on someone, how can we reject that and say elections should be conducted. Even the Election Commission cannot insist on elections if there is only one candidate in the fray in an Assembly or Parliament seat,” a senior Congress leader said.

Half of the members of the Congress Working Committee will continue to be appointed by the Congress president, the other half elected by the AICC members.

Congress general secretary in charge of organisation Janardan Dwivedi said elections will be held at all levels – from primary unit to the Congress president. The Assembly election-bound states of Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand and J&K will get some relaxation. Organisational elections were last conducted in the Congress in 2010. Dwivedi said the most important priority of the party now should be the organisation.

“When parties are in power, much attention is not paid to the organisation. We have time now to strengthen the organisation. We should seize the opportunity and hold organisational elections to strengthen the party,” he said.

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    Babumoshai
    Jun 19, 2014 at 6:05 am
    Rahulji has good intentions. Given a choice he would not be in politics or prefer to stay in the periphery. The Cong party has forgotten fighting and struggling in streets. It is only from struggles that good quality leaders will emerge. Genetics cannot guarantee good leaders. Congress seems to be relying only on genetics for its sustenance.
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    Dharmendra Bihari
    Jun 19, 2014 at 7:54 am
    "Et tu Brutus!or "The worm has turned!"Here goes a lifetime of servitude out of window.
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    Mohan
    Jun 19, 2014 at 11:32 am
    If there is only one candidate then another person must be compulsorily chosen for the sake of election and secret ballots to be used. The winner is the choice
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    Namasivayam.N
    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:44 am
    It is true (in the case of congress) that the party pays no attention on organisational matters when it is is in power. What does it otherwise do. In (alleged) looting of country's resources!!!
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    Namasivayam.N
    Jun 19, 2014 at 10:22 am
    So, congress could not attend to organisational matters when they were in power for 10 years. Their attention was not on governance too. Then, what were they doing all those years?
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