BENGALURU: The All India Congress Committee (AICC), in its directive to all state units, has called for focus on quality over quantity during membership drives, KPCC president G Parameshwara said on Tuesday.
He rubbished reports that the party’s membership drives have received lukewarm reception, and said the Congress expects to enrol about 50-55 lakh members by the end of February, the deadline for member registration.
He said KPCC has distributed 35 lakh membership forms to district Congress committee presidents, MLAs and other office-bearers, and so far, the party has welcomed over 25 lakh members. “We have formed a four-member team to oversee the membership drive and I plan to tour the districts myself,” he said.
He said the state unit has convened a three-day brainstorming session of partymen to chalk out strategies to strengthen the party base. The need to review Congress’ ideologies and ways to prevent the BJP’s growth will figure in the discussion. The opinions will be conveyed to AICC, he said.
Parameshwara evaded a question on the elevation of Rahul Gandhi to the post of national party president, saying such issues should be discussed at the AICC and working committee levels.
He also deflected a question on the growing call to appoint a dalit as chief minister, saying his responsibility was to “take all communities together”.