Meetings to identify weak spots

NEW DELHI, APRIL 24. Buoyed by feedback indicating an improvement in the Congress prospects in Delhi, the senior party leader in charge of Delhi, Ahmed Patel, has decided to hold constituency-wise meetings with the contesting candidates and the party office-bearers to take a mid-way review of the situation prevailing on the ground.

It is understood that these meetings will help in identifying the weak spots of the candidate and help the party cover up wherever it is felt the organisation or the contesting candidate is lagging behind. The meetings will be held in the presence of the Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit, the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president, Chaudhary Prem Singh, and the AICC coordinator for Delhi, D.P. Rai. It is learnt that Mr. Patel will take up one constituency every day and cover all the seven Lok Sabha seats during the next one week beginning this Sunday.

The purpose of the meeting, Mr. Patel informed, was to get a proper feedback from the candidates about their position in the constituency. The meeting will also look into the complaints, if any, about the conduct of Congressmen in any particular area. Mr. Patel said if any person was found working against the interest of the party, he would be dealt with firmly. He had also asked the contesting candidates to give him in writing if any of the party MLAs or Councillors were not working in their area. "It is responsibility of each and every candidate to ensure that the Congress candidate contesting in their area gets the maximum number of votes. The lack of performance by any elected representatives would be held against him in any future performance evaluation and could hurt his or her interests.''

The closed- door sessions would see the election agents, block and district presidents and constituency observers giving their views on the ground situation. He said adequate raw material and other publicity material was being provided to the contesting candidates by the AICC and some arrangements are being made at the local level. The final thrust to the campaign would come during the last eight days when the party is expected to unleash a publicity blitz and a large number of speakers.

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