Congress starts “post-poll review” of Uttar Pradesh Thursday amid a growing clamour from workers to abolish the system of election in Youth Congress and NSUI, introduced by party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, and return to the earlier system based on “performance”.
A “stormy” session is on the cards with workers likely to raise their voice against district committees where have more than one heads were appointed as part of the “please-all” policy right before the elections. There was one president and more than one “acting presidents” in districts.
Among other issues, resentment is also brewing among the workers against the party’s decision to ask both state president and AICC general secretary incharge of the state to contest elections, leaving the cadre mid-way. AICC general secretary Madhusudan Mistry, who is himself under scanner for the party’s rout in UP, would hold the review meeting in Lucknow for 20 Lok Sabha constituencies of central and eastern UP.
Apart from Mistry, four AICC secretaries, state president Nirmal Khatri and Congress legislature party leader Pradeep Mathur would also be part of the review meeting. While Mistry lost from Vadodara, Khatri lost his sitting seat, Faizabad.
“The reward of the posts, especially in the youth wing and NSUI, should be based on performance like in the past and not on the election system, which has been a failure and has given way to mainly rich youngsters in the name of democratic set-up.” said a senior party leader who said he would raise the issue in the meeting on Thursday and also in Delhi.
Senior party leaders said party workers of other states, too, have protested voice against the “experiments” of Rahul.
“There is no point of any review if we do not learn our lessons. Say if tomorrow, as an opposition, we decide any agitation, then it would be difficult for us to gather grassroots workers as our youth units are as good as non-functional,” said another party leader.
After the Thursday meeting, a meeting of former Congress MPs who had won in 2009 along with those who came second in 2009 and 2014 Lok Sabha elections is scheduled on on May 30.
The review of the remaining Lok Sabha seats in western UP and Bundelkhand would be held in Delhi on June 3. Congress could only win Rae Bareli and Amethi out of 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state and most of the sitting MPs came fourth, some even losing their deposits