Congress has decided to start its special cadre building exercise from Varanasi, the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, from next month. AICC general secretary Madhusudan Mistry announced Sunday that a special camp would be held in Varanasi in after Makar Sakranti with focus on youngsters.
Mistry was in Lucknow to felicitate senior party leaders on the occasion of Congress’s 130th Foundation Day celebrations.
He said he had recently experimented with a similar camp in Ahmedabad in Gujarat, where teams visited localities and sought opinion on how to revive the party, how to connect with the youngsters and why Congress got such response from public during the recent elections.
He said people want to connect with the Congress but Congress men have forgotten how to reach them. “We have forgotten how to connect with and reach to people. During the recent meet of AICC general secretaries in Delhi, leaders have been asked to go from door to door, visit Valmiki colonies, and connect with them,” Mistry told party workers in Lucknow.
Later speaking to The Indian Express, Mistry said, “We will hold a special camp for Congress workers in Varanasi in January targeting young people and with an aim to develop active cadre at the grass roots”.
He said the date, number of days and other modalities of the camp are yet to be decided. “Varanasi is going to be the starting point. We would later go to every Assembly constituency in the state to hold such camps. We will ask youngsters to connect and chose area in which they wish to work,” he added.
Party’s state president Nirmal Khatri also admitted that Congress had lost contact with people and there was an urgent need to revive it. “The time has come to fight the challenges as a family. Nehru-Gandhi family has given us enough. Now the time has come to give something back,” Khatri said.
Chairman of National Commission for SC, P L Punia said: “We are unnecessarily blaming party leadership. This is what RSS and BJP want. Instead, we should point out how they made false promises and have failed on them”.
Earlier in the day, party felicitated former district presidents and senior leaders like Sri Prakash Jaiswal, Zafar Ali Naqvi, Pramod Tiwari, Sanjay Sinh and former youth leaders. Punia as well as former Union Minister Beni Prasada Verma were also present.