AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh on Wednesday alleged there was a concerted campaign to tarnish the UPA Government’s image, while announcing that the party would start preparations for the Lok Sabha polls as early as possible.
He was addressing party workers at the UPCC convention attended by union ministers from the state and delegates from the block-level to AICC-level including former UPCC presidents.
He said party should declare its candidates as early as possible as has been done by the SP and the BSP so that the contestants get adequate time.
Citing the party’s improved performance in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat, Digvijay Singh exhorted the workers not to get swayed by the recent negative developments. Digvijay said he regretted the media coverage of the Delhi gangrape, saying that media was playing the judiciary and the executive.
Referring to the ‘coal scam’, he said the CAG had crossed its limits as its mandate is not to investigate, but to audit.
“The way CAG reports were leaked to media even before they reach Parliament smacked of some deep rooted conspiracy, ” the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister said. Also, he sought to allay fears over the SC/ST quota-in-promotion Bill, saying that it will protect the seniority and merit of the government officials.
Earlier, UPCC president Nirmal Khatri said the party should focus on restructuring the organisation. He said the eight zonal chiefs had been given the task of submitting their report on the reshuffle of the organisation and that the work would be completed by January 15.
“Unless we have a strong organisational network , the plans and the programmes of the party would be confined to the party offices and not be propagated in the masses”, Khatri said.