Two days after meeting Congress president Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi, AICC General Secretary Madhusudan Mistry called an urgent meeting of all senior leaders in Lucknow on Thursday, where strategy to collect feedback from party workers at the grassroots level was discussed.
Mistry also sought suggestions from party leaders about ways to oppose amendments in NDA government’s Land Acquisition Act.
The background paper for discussion on the party’s revival — sent by Sonia Gandhi — has sought suggestions under various heads including “leadership”.
Interestingly, the same head without naming anyone mentions — “The Congress vice-president is a natural icon to rally progressive and liberal forces”. It adds: “Congress president and vice-president have enormous credibility and emotional connect with people and the party must harness this political capital and protect it assiduously”.
The copy of a list of over 30 questions on which Sonia has sought feedback for party’s revival — translated in Hindi and named “Approach to strengthening Indian National Congress Party” — was distributed to all district presidents and senior leaders in the closed-door meeting.
“The leadership must promptly take action against instances of factionalism, working against party interests and speaking against the Congress line in media,” said the document. It has also sought opinion of workers on increasing the representation of SCs, STs, OBCs and Minorities in the state from 20 per cent to 50 per cent.
Sources said party leaders have also been asked to plan “foot marches” in different parts of the state to oppose amendments in the Land Acquisition Act. Rahul may also attend one of these foot marches, which has been suggested in western UP as well as Bundelkhand region.
The party has also asked its units to revive its mass contact organisations like Bharat Sevak Samaj and Bharat Yuvak Samaj and focus on “aspirations of urban middle class youth”. The note has also asked the state units to “stand up strongly to protect the rights of the minorities.”
Another meeting of former MPs, MLAs and former Union ministers will be called in a week to seek suggestions for revival of the party under these given heads.