While interacting with party workers,All India Congress Committee National Vice-President Rahul Gandhi came across several veteran Congressmen who had been working for the party for more than 50 years without being elevated. We need to fix duration of the terms for block and district presidents and after the fixed term,new candidates should be given a chance and the old ones should move on to a seniority cadre, Rahul said.
The remarks came after Rahul was informed of the case of Ludhiana-based Councillor Pritpal Singh Ghayal,who had been serving the party for the past 57 years and was still a councillor.
Another block president said he had served for over 40 years but had never been given a chance to contest elections for Vidhan Sabha despite seeking a ticket.
Rahul also talked of giving due place to ex-presidents in the meeting.
While the seniority and duration of posts was being discussed,the absence of former Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Capt Amarinder Singh was conspicuous. Amarinder has stopped attending party meetings since the appointment of Partap Singh Bajwa as new PCC head.
No one was aware that Rahul Gandhi would be coming to Fridays meeting. Clad in a white Kurta and blue jeans,Rahuls visit came as a surprise to all. After speaking for a few minutes on stage,the Rahul jumped from the stage and into the crowd of MLAs,councillors,block presidents and district heads to listen to their grievances. Each and everyone was heard and we believe that some changes will happen for sure, said Sukhwinder Singh Saini,District Congress Committee (DCC) president from Ropar.