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Rahul for Congress Elections, Process Likely in March

Published: 07th February 2015 05:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th February 2015 08:34 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: Concerned over the ‘feeble’ organisational structure of the party, which was one of the main reasons for the successive setbacks it suffered, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has on Friday sought to effect organisational elections to rejuvenate the party from the grassroots.

 In what appears to be a counter to the BJP’s nation-wide campaign to enrol over 10 crore new voters to become world’s largest political party, the Congress will soon come out with a Web-based enrolment channel and a Smartphone-based App for the purpose. A day ahead of the Assembly polls in Delhi, Rahul Gandhi convened a meeting of party general secretaries and senior office-bearers including Mullapalli Ramchandran, Chairman of the Congress Central Election Authority, to discuss organisational elections.

 Expressing concern over the pace of organisational polls, Rahul asked the functionaries, particularly younger ones, to take more responsibilities and to ensure that the party gets the needed momentum in all states. He also urged the partymen to bring the Congress family together and wanted voice of every member to be heard in the party.

Methods of membership enrolment including web-based application, Smartphone application and incentives for members who enrol at least 25 people, were among the proposals topped the meet.  Ways to enhance the representation ratio of SCs, STs, OBCs and minorities in various committees were also discussed. Mullappaly Ramachandran had submitted some proposals and amendments to smoothen the organisational functioning of the party.

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