UP Cong rejig misses final deadline set by Rahul

Already four months behind schedule for re-organisation of district and city units of the party,UP Congress on Tuesday missed the final deadline of April 30,which was set by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi last month.

Written by Maulshree Seth | Lucknow | Published: May 1, 2013 12:43:36 am

Already four months behind schedule for re-organisation of district and city units of the party,UP Congress on Tuesday missed the final deadline of April 30,which was set by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi last month.

Sources said the final list could not be prepared because in some of the districts,especially in western UP,senior leaders from the region could not agree on any one name. As a result,Rahul Gandhi has decided to personally sort out these differences and finalise the list on the basis of “merit”. A meeting in this regard is likely to take place in Delhi in the first week of May.

“There are some pending issues which will be decided in front of Rahul Gandhi because the party does not want a repeat of Assembly elections where candidates and organisation worked as two separate entities. Though no date has been set,the meeting is likely early next month. We are expecting it soon after the Karnataka Assembly elections on May 5,” said a senior party leader.

There are 114 district and city units of the party in the state which were formed in 2010 after an extensive election process designed by Gandhi and his team. However,the system had seen some lacunae and during Assembly elections,there were complaints that the organisation did not support candidates. Keeping Lok Sabha elections in mind,the eight zonal heads and state unit were given December 2012 deadline to re-organise the local units by removing “non-performers”. Since then,the deadlines kept on shifting.

However,on March 20,the final deadline of April 30 was set by Gandhi.. Even this deadline has come and gone.

“Yes,despite the best of our efforts,we could not meet the deadline. I would not comment as to how much more time would be taken because there is no point in giving more dates. We are trying to find the best of available alternatives and this procedure takes time.” Congress state president Nirmal Khatri said.

He denied that the delay was because of any differences among leaders and maintained that the party is trying to choose the best of available options.

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