Acknowledging that the Congress’ connection with the people has been “broken”, Rahul Gandhi on Sunday called on party leaders to re-establish the connection through a coordinated outreach effort from internal affairs.
To re-establish that connection, party president Sonia Gandhi announced that the party would start its journey to India from October 2 this year. The team has announced multiple organizational reforms at the end of its three-day think tank here to bring new and young faces into leadership roles.
With the end of the three-day intelligence session on Sunday, there are indications that Rahul may return as Congress president later this year. When Sonia gave a short speech, Rahul gave a long speech.
The party has decided to initiate many organizational reforms, including “one family, one ticket” and field candidates under the age of 50 in half of the seats in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
The Congress’ ‘Chintan Shibir’ ended with a call for a ‘Bharat Jodo’ (United India) campaign and party president Sonia Gandhi announced a mass communication program from Kanyakumari to Kashmir from October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. He said that senior leaders like him would also take part in the journey.
The party has adopted the “New Resolution” declaration to announce path-breaking changes, such as giving five-year caps to leaders holding a particular position, allocating 50 percent of the organization’s seats to those under 50, and to those in parliament, state legislatures and other elected positions. There are calls for setting retirement age for them.
The decision to bank on the youth comes after a long-running old-versus-new conflict and a series of young leaders leaving Congress in recent years blamed for failing to address the so-called ‘aspirations’ of the party’s old watchdog. Post-genre leaders.
The reforms, aimed at helping Congress reboot and prepare for battle for the upcoming elections, come in the wake of a series of electoral upheavals for the party over the past eight years since being ousted from power in 2014.
However, the party added a warning to the ‘One Family, One Ticket’ formula, stating that if another member of one’s family is politically active, the person should be considered eligible for a Congress ticket only after five years of organizational experience.
The Congress further said that it was committed to establishing a dialogue with all like-minded parties to safeguard the spirit of nationalism and democracy and would pave the way for the formation of alliances in line with the political situation.
In his concluding remarks, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi acknowledged that the Congress’ connection with the people was “broken” and called on the leaders to shift their focus away from internal affairs and reconnect with the people, saying there was no shortcut and it could happen. Acquired only by hard work and sweat on their foreheads.
Sonia Gandhi announced the formation of a task force to implement the reforms and an advisory committee of CWC members headed by her to consider political issues, while making it clear that it would not be a joint decision-making body.
His remarks are significant because G-23 dissident leaders have been calling for “collective leadership” in the party while demanding an organizational change.