Those who are unable to fulfil the organizational responsibilities should be removed and new ones should be given the opportunity. The new Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge gave a stern message to the party leaders yesterday. At the Congress steering committee meeting in Delhi on Sunday, Kharge said, “Some leaders have assumed that even if there is a stop in the performance of duties, no one will see it. This cannot be accepted anymore.”
Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ will end in Srinagar on January 26. According to the party leaders, the Congress party’s sagging organization has gained some momentum due to the impact of this journey. To keep it alive, the ‘Hate Hath Jodo’ campaign will be started from January 26 for the next two months at the block, district and state levels. Rahul will write a letter on the message of the march and his understanding. Congress workers will deliver it door to door. ‘Charge sheet’ against Narendra Modi government will be with.
Role of Priyanka Gandhi
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will also play a major role in the two-month campaign. Priyanka will lead ‘Women’s March’ in each state. Congress manifesto on women will also be released. It has been decided that a three-day plenary session will be held in Raipur of poll-bound Chhattisgarh in the latter half of next February. According to the constitution of the Congress, the new working committee is formed in this plenary session after the election of the new president.
Kharge feels that to capitalize on the momentum that Rahul’s journey has brought to Congress in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, the party needs to fix its ‘organisational accountability from top to bottom’. Yesterday he said, “We can win elections only if the organization is strong and responsible.” Rahul-Priyanka was not present at Sunday’s meeting. Sonia Gandhi was. AICC General Secretary, Kharge said to the office-bearers, “Question your conscience, do you visit your area of responsibility at least ten days a month? Have you done a movement on a local issue? District and Block Congress Committee formed? Bringing a new face there? What is the program outline for the next 30 to 90 days? What are the plans and programs in the assembly poll-bound states before 2024?” Kharge has talked about meeting him after fixing the political and organizational program within fifteen to thirty days.
Rahul, who is busy with ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’, will not attend the winter session of Parliament starting from Wednesday. On Sunday night, the procession will cross Madhya Pradesh and enter Rajasthan’s Jhalawar. Both the Ashok Gehlaut-Sachin Pilot and powerful leaders are trying to grab the limelight during the Yatra. Congress leaders and workers have been called upon to work in ‘unity’ yesterday from the steering committee meeting to prevent conflict.
On the other hand, the BJP vs. Aam Aadmi Party duel in the Delhi Municipal Elections saw around 50% voter turnout by the end of Sunday afternoon. Two years ago, it was around 62%.