The Congress has decided to put reorganisation of state and district committees on hold in order to avoid controversies or opposition from the cadre during Madhusudan Mistrys first state-wide tour since he became AICC general secretary in charge of Uttar Pradesh.
Earlier,the target was to declare the state and district committees at least a week before Mistrys tour so that during his district-wise meetings,the future line of action could be planned with new committees,which would function till the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
However,with the first phase of Mistrys tour starting from July 9,the party has now asked the existing committees in every district to make preparations for his tour and be ready with information on issues to be discussed during zonal and district-wise meetings.
Since the main purpose of the tour of the AICC general secretary is to interact with the cadre at the zonal level and discuss the future line of action,it was planned that the new committees would be declared by July 4 so that they get time to prepare for his visit. However,it has been delayed to avoid unwanted controversies during his very first tour, said a senior party leader.
He said that zonal in-charges from the state had finalised the panel of names for district and city presidents last month and the declaration of district and city Congress committees was now pending with the AICC.
Out of 114 district and city Congress committees in the state,the Congress was able to announce heads of only 31 in May,while the remaining list of 83 committees is pending.
Sources said that over 90 per cent of the remaining 83 committee are likely to get new faces as heads and some of the existing heads would be changed after almost a decade of serving on the same posts. We are changing those who are serving on top district and city posts for a long time and have stopped moving out among the public. Such people will be replaced with those who have the capability to work at the grassroot level, said a party leader.
One of the zonal presidents said that even the existing committees which know about the impending change are not taking interest because there are doubts whether they would continue or not. Mistry will start his tour by holding review meetings of Zone 8 and 8 districts and 11 city committee that fall under its jurisdiction. So far,the party has declared only one district committee in this zone,which is Auraiya. In the remaining districts,old committees have been asked to prepare the plan of action for his visit.
On June 11,Mistry will be in Faizabad; on June 12 in Gorakhpur,and on June 13 Varanasi to inaugurate zonal headquarters and hold district-wise meetings with the cadre.