Congress seeks to double Delhi district committees

Proposal to restructure city unit by June-end
Last Updated 24 May 2014, 21:59 IST

 Congress will complete the restructuring of its city unit by the end of June. 

The party is all set to revamp its Delhi chapter for possible Assembly elections and it has proposed doubling the number of members in the district committees and block committees to give a fair chance to  grassroot workers.

Units disbanded

Following the crushing defeat in the 2013 Assembly elections and recent general elections, the party had dissolved all its 14 district and 140 block committees in the city.

“We have sent the proposal to the party high command for their approval. We are planning to complete the restructuring by June 30,” said a senior party leader.

New formation

According to the new proposal, the Delhi unit of the party will have 28 district committees instead of 14 and 280 block committees instead of 140.

“The plan is to boost participation of young people and give a fair chance to party workers,” the leader added.

Unbiased observers

To keep the selection of candidates unbiased, the party will appoint two observers in each parliamentary constituency. 

One of the observers can be called from another state to avoid any factionalism from which the party is suffering deeply.

“Earlier, the selection for posts in different committees was done on the recommendation of local MPs and MLAs. Now, as the party has no MP and only eight MLAs, the job will be done by the observers,” he added.

Delhi an exception

Already, Delhi is the only state where the Congress has two district committees for each parliamentary constituency and a correspondingly high number of ward committees.

 In other states, the party has only one district committee for each parliamentary constituency and one ward committee for each Assembly constituency.

“Once these proposals are accepted, the recruitment process for all committees will start,” he said.

(Published 24 May 2014, 21:59 IST)

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