The internal election system, introduced in the Youth Congress and the NSUI by AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi came under criticism at a state camp of the Youth Congress in Thiruvananthapuram.
A political resolution, which the camp is set to introduce, speaks out against the internal election system and has called for a return to the old method in which office-bearers are nominated by the party leadership.
Without naming Rahul, youth Congress state vice-president C R Mahesh said the camp should not be made into a political laboratory as the organisation did not have the strength to undergo political experiments. He said the internal election system has created factionalism within the organisation as it leads to leaders fighting among themselves and harbouring grudges.
The new election system forces the Youth Congress leaders to focus their resources and energy on winning elections rather than taking up issues and politically fighting rival outfits, he said.
Youth Congress state president Dean Kuriakose said the general impression in the leadership camp was against the present election system. “But there was no word against Rahul in the meeting. The leaders called for incorporating more politics into the organisation,” he said.
Sources said Congress state chief V M Sudheeran and minister K C Joseph endorsed the stand against internal election system. “The new method has led to unhealthy rivalry among leaders. A section of Congress is of the opinion that if the method is not changed it should be postponed until the polls to local bodies are over,’’ a leader said.