BENGALURU: Ruling Congress has hit the ground running preparing for the Assembly elections early next year and has started work on drafting its election manifesto. The first meeting of the newly constituted manifesto committee will be held in the city on October 29.“This time, our approach will be different. We will hold extensive consultations with all stakeholders before preparing the party’s election manifesto,” Manifesto Committee Chairman and former chief minister M Veerappa Moily told Express on Thursday. Senior Congress leader B L Shankar is the vice chairman of the committee.
Moily was the convener of the committee that drafted the Congress manifesto for 2009 Parliament elections in which UPA returned to power.After the first meeting of the manifesto committee on October 29, sub-committees will be formed to look into different issues and subjects. The committee members will visit all the districts, identify thrust areas, interact with ministers and review implementation of party’s manifesto in last elections, he added.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had on several occasions claimed that his government had implemented most of the promises made in the party’s manifesto during the last elections and the remaining promises too will be fulfilled soon. Meanwhile, the Congress leaders led by AICC General Secretary in-charge of Karnataka K C Venugopal are busy touring the state to meet the party workers.
Venugopal, who recently launched party’s mass contact programme Mane Manege Congress, has kept the party leaders in the state on their toes. Congress leaders in the state have also been told to increase their social media presence and use all platforms to propagate achievements of the Siddaramaiah government.