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Congress to bolster leadership in districts

Party to appoint two working presidents to assist district president ahead of polls

Infested with groupism and dormant leadership in a number of districts in the State, the Congress is planning to revive the party organisation by replicating the State leadership model in the districts.

On Thursday, senior leadership of the party’s State unit held a meeting in Delhi with party general secretary K.C. Venugopal to discuss the Assembly polls. At the meeting, a six-member screening committee headed by senior party leader from Madhya Pradesh Jyotiraditya Scindia was appointed to select candidates for the Assembly polls. It was also decided to soon declare the names of candidates from 100 constituencies.

A senior party leader, who attended the meeting, said, “In many districts, the party organisation is almost non-existent. There are some places where we have not changed the district presidents for over a decade. It leads to groupism and power gets concentrated with one person. This hampers the party’s growth. We have now decided to appoint two working presidents to assist the district president and ease the party work.” The party has experimented with this model at the State level by appointing five working presidents to support State president Balasaheb Thorat.

Tie-up with other parties

The meeting also discussed the party’s alliance with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). The leader said, “The alliance stands strong though there could be further discussion on a few seats. We have decided to finalise within a week or two our candidates for at least 100 Assembly segments where we have no disagreement with our ally.” The leader said the 100 candidates would get extra time to prepare for the polls.

The party will be holding another meeting to discuss poll preparations in Mumbai next week. The leader said, “We will continue talks with Prakash Ambedkar as we want him with us in this battle. We are always open for discussion and to find a way out of the current crisis.”

The leader said the Central leadership would take a call on joining hands with Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS). He added, “It seems the MNS is more pally with the NCP and we are fine with it.”

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