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Opening up: Rahul Gandhi plans elections to pick CWC members too

Rahul wants transparent elections in the entire party, like in the Indian Youth Congress and the NSUI. (PTI) Rahul wants transparent elections in the entire party, like in the Indian Youth Congress and the NSUI. (PTI)
Written by Manoj C G | New Delhi | Posted: February 4, 2014 5:30 am

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is planning to introduce organisational elections to pick the party’s leaders, from “top to bottom”, including Congress Working Committee (CWC) members and office bearers like general secretaries.

“Rahul wants transparent elections in the entire party, like in the Indian Youth Congress and the NSUI. He wants to introduce elections in the party at all levels,” said AICC general secretary Ajay Maken. Asked if elections would be held to elect CWC members and AICC office bearers, Maken replied, “from top to bottom”.

While Rahul introduced elections in the IYC and NSUI, the national presidents of the two bodies are not selected through internal polls.

Meanwhile, depending on the success of the primaries experiment to select the party’s candidates in 17 constituencies in the coming Lok Sabha elections, Rahul is planning to opt for the same model during the Assembly polls too.

“The process of selection of Congress candidates in the next elections is going to be entirely different,” said a source close to Rahul.

“He wants to open up the system. The primaries would help open the system. He wants to end the high command culture in decision-making and empower grassroots workers,” said Maken.

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