Tasked with strengthening the party base in the State, Ashok Choudhary, the newly-appointed Bihar Congress president, has set his sights on social engineering and an increased role for the weaker sections.

“There will be some changes in districts where we are weak. We will try to incorporate the social engineering concept. The scheduled castes, minorities and weaker section will have a bigger role to play,” Mr. Choudhary told The Hindu on Wednesday.

With an eye on the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the party has charted out a three-month agenda to fill up vacancies in the district units and set up booth and panchayat-level committees.

Roughly over 50,000 booth committees are set to be created and the process of filling vacancies for nine district presidents is underway.

‘Collective leadership’

Refuting reports of fractions in the party, Mr. Choudhary said his focus would be on fostering collective leadership.

At the press conference on Wednesday, he said, “The entire rank and file and all the aspiring candidates for the committees had come. The party stood united.”

The 45-year-old Bihar chief said, “All the senior leaders will be taken into confidence. The collective responsibility of implementation will be on the youth and the seniors will take care of the strategy.”

The party will be holding a State conference in a month, of its delegates, All India Congress Committee members, district and block presidents and elected youth Congress representatives. After the committees are in place and the reports sent to party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Mr. Choudhary is planning to rope in the Gandhi scion himself to the State.

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