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After worst ever poll debacle, Congress mulls drastic revamp

The possibility of holding a 'Chintan Shivir (brain-storming camp)' are also being talked about.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Published: May 20, 2014 9:43 pm

A drastic revamp of the AICC set up is on the cards soon to get the party going after the worst debacle it faced in the just-concluded Lok Sabha polls. Setting up of a committee to examine what went wrong in the polls and the possibility of holding a ‘Chintan Shivir (brain-storming camp)’ are also being talked about.

“There are general secretaries, who have spent more than a decade in the AICC. At such a time when new energy is required, a thorough revamp is the only thing to happen,” said a party general secretary, who declined to be identified.

He also cited party President Sonia Gandhi’s remarks that “unless we undertake some structural changes, we will not be able to meet the serious challenges we face”. At a meeting of the Congress Working Committee on Monday, Gandhi was authorised to carry out a “thorough revamp” at all levels and a unanimous resolution was adopted to express total faith in the leadership of the Gandhis.

“Accountability has been talked about. Wait for the reorganisation,” was the succinct answer from party general secretary in-charge of organisation Janardan Dwivedi, who briefed the media after the meeting of the party’s apex decision-making body, which debated the way ahead. The CWC resolution pledged to the millions of Congress workers that it will create within the party opportunities and structures that will pave the way for a “thorough revamp of the organisation at all levels”.

A leader also saw “foreign conspiracy” against the country and the Congress while another suggested a CEO-like management head for AICC secretariat to improve upon its general work. The CWC meet on Monday also saw a number of members saying that a large section of corporates and the media backed BJP in the campaign for Lok Sabha elections.

The role of a “hostile media” had also come in for scrutiny at the meet with most of the leaders feeling that there was a slant in favour of BJP in general reporting.

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  1. L
    May 20, 2014 at 8:08 pm
    Folks, I am a dispionate observer. My family is through and through BJP. I personally believe in healthy democracy. Any party need a leader. There are endless examples and definitions of leaders. You guys need to get out of hism and understand the need of the time. Please understand that people are aware and they will not accept old models. In a nut s, go beyond family based politics and respect people or else you will be decimated even further. Congress is a part of national fabric but it need to adapt.
    1. R
      May 22, 2014 at 1:00 am
      Start at the top ...
      1. S
        S.L Singh
        May 21, 2014 at 11:29 am
        Congress with dynastic rules will finish itself. Rahul is totally incompetent this need to be understood by congress .hi family is out dated now for Indian politics for reasons best known to them even if they donot speak out.
        1. Vijay Ranade
          May 20, 2014 at 4:46 pm
          We are surprised that core leaders are still under the influence of dynasty rule. Can,t imagine that not a single congress leader is ready to accept the challenge of revamping party like Narendra Modiji did for BJP.