Aimed at strengthening the party’s relationship with its ground workers, the Congress held 14 district conventions in the capital.
The message from the party workers is loud and clear — bridge the gap between workers and leaders and involve them in the decision-making processes of the party.
Between May 3 and May 17, the party went district by district and held 14 conventions in the capital.
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While announcing the conventions, party spokesperson Sharmistha Mukherjee had stated that the idea was not just to connect with grass-root level workers, “but to create and provide an open forum for free debates and suggestions”.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Mukherjee said, “In all our conventions, the workers have spoken their minds. There were rarely any political speeches, only the workers spoke to us. They had their grievances and the party conventions gave them a chance to voice them.”
The party conventions also sought to invite suggestions from the ground worker on how to improve the party and its role in being a constructive opposition to the AAP.
Party sources said workers have raised issues such as the lack of democratically elected leaders at all levels and have called for electing the local leadership through an intra-party election.
Mukherjee said the suggestions from the workers will become part of the structural changes that the party is seeking to bring about.
“We want to match our experience with the fresh ideas of our young workers. We believe that the conventions are the first step towards achieving that aim,” she said.
In the convention in Kirari, Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken appealed to workers to strengthen the party to “fight the divisive forces”.
He said all the decisions of the party “will be taken only with the concurrence of the grass-root level workers”.
He also asked workers to make door-to-door visits to enroll more and more members and consolidate the base of the organisation.