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Not much attention given to organisation: Dwivedi

Not much attention given to organisation: Dwivedi
With the party still licking the wounds of electoral debacle, a senior Congress leader on Wednesday said that much attention was not given to the organisation when it was in power.

Janardan Dwivedi, who is the general secretary in-charge of organisation, said that organisational election is currently the biggest priority for the party in his view but does not know what the priorities of others in the party are.

‘In a political organisation, one or the other activity keeps happening. But in my opinion, now the organisation is most important. In my view as long we had a government in Centre, much attention was not given to the organisation,’ Dwivedi said.

He added that one of the reasons for it could be that there are some or the other assembly elections every year and the mind and attention of all political parties are stuck in that.
‘Due to this not only the organisation is ignored but the truth is also that right policies, programmes and plans also left unattended. We remain trapped in between a journey from election to election and peoples’ work is not attended to even half of the time. This is the plight of all parties and Congress also could not have remained unaffected by it,’ he said.

Dwivedi’s remarks are significant as organisational weakness was stated as one of the key reasons for the party’s debacle in Lok Sabha polls as well as previous sssembly polls in past in states including Uttar Pradesh.

Noting that there was need to pay attention to the organisation, he said that since organisational elections are to be completed in 2015, the membership drive needs to be speeded up and he will be communicating to the states in this regard in a day or two.

 Dwivedi recalled that the Burari conference of AICC that had taken place in 2010, the party had decided a tenure of five years for all its committees.  ‘Hence nationwide organizational elections of the party should be completed by 2015. For that the membership drive should be completed by the end of this year.

 ‘Membership has happened but we will be communicating our state units to bring momentum in it within a day or two so that the task of 2015 Organisationla election could be completed,’ Dwivedi said adding that he considers it the ‘biggest priority’.

 At the 83rd All India Congress Committee (AICC) plenary session held at Burari on December 18,19 and 20 in 2010, the party had ratified changes in the Congress constitution, which had increased the term of all committees to five years from the exising three years.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi is currently in the fourth term of the presidentship in which she was elected unopposed in 2010. Her term expires in 2015 after the changes, which mandate organisational polls after five years instead of three years earlier.

After the party’s poll debacle, Gandhi along with her son and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi had offered to resign last month but the party had unanimously rejected it reposing faith in their leadership.
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