Faced with unexpected defeat in recent assembly elections, especially in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh and its failure to form the government in Manipur and Goa despite emerging as a single largest group, the Congress party is reportedly planning a major rejig soon.
Following the party’s extremely poor political performance, even senior leaders have come out in public criticising the leadership saying that the current system will certainly not work. Even Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said that “structural changes” were the need of the hour for the party.
According to reports, several suggestions and proposals are in the pipeline and the decision can come into effect as soon as early April, after both Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who are abroad for the former’s medical checkup, are back.
The change in the AICC setup is long pending, with at least three general secretaries expected to be changed. The Congress Working Committee (CWC), the apex decision-making body of the party, will also have new members inducted into it, while some would be eased out, the Deccan Chronicle reported.
Former Union Finance Minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Saturday said the Congress’ organisational structure is “no match” to that of the BJP-RSS combine, which in turn could not match the party set-up of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the AIADMK.
Digvijay Singh had also lashed out at the leadership saying Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is not acting decisively.
Several other senior leaders such as Kishore Chandra Deo and Satyavrat Chaturvedi have also voiced their frustration publicly.
“You are talking about the party but where is the party… today it is a mere collection of individuals,” said one former minister. “Four factors are important for a party to succeed – leadership, organisation, articulation and money. The Congress has none,” another leader added.