Congress leaders want easy entry to Vidhana Soudha

Congress leaders want easy entry to Vidhana Soudha

Congress leaders have become more demanding these days. They want easy entry to the seat of power - the Vidhana Soudha and Vikasa Soudha, with their government firmly ensconced in power.

“When the party government is in power, why should we not get an easy entry to the Vidhana Soudha?” asked many district Congress presidents at a meeting chaired by KPCC president G Parameshwara here on Thursday.

The strict entry norms to Vidhana Soudha and Vikasa Soudha, the secretariat buildings, has left many district Congress committee (DCC) presidents and their followers fret and fume.

At present, only those who have passes issued by the ministers’ offices are allowed to enter the secretariat complex which falls under the high security zone. Vehicles without official passes are not allowed inside.

Public are allowed entry between 3 pm and 5 pm. Usually, politicians throng the two buildings during transfer season. At a meeting held to discuss the preparations for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections at Congress Bhavan, many DCC presidents said that they would like to meet ministers in the secretariat building to follow up development works in districts.

Parameshwara reportedly told the presidents that he would try to take up the matter with the authorities to find a way out.

Some senior leaders said there would be too much rush at the secretariat in case party workers had an easy access. Neither officials nor ministers would be able to attend to files.

Parameshwara, who devoted much time to discuss Lok Sabha elections, told the observers who have been appointed for all the 28 Lok Sabha constituencies to submit by August 15 a panel of three names who could be fielded.

He has also directed the observers to travel in the constituencies which have been assigned to them to assess the poll prospects of the party.

In the Assembly elections, the vote share of the Congress was 36.50 per cent and in the Lok Sabha polls it should touch at least 40 per cent, he suggested the gathering.

Parameshwara told the meeting that the high command has suggested the party to form a co-ordination committee, the composition of the which would be decided by the party’s highest authority.

The meeting was attended by many leaders.

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