Congress struggles to enrol new members

Congress struggles to enrol new members

Congress struggles to enrol new members

The Congress is struggling to enrol new members, recovering from defeats in successive elections. With its much-touted membership drive getting a lukewarm response, a meeting of its top leaders has been summoned on Friday for a stock-taking exercise.

AICC general secretary in charge of organisation Janardan Dwivedi will chair the meeting. Mullapally Ramachandran, the party’s Central Election Authority, is also expected to be in attendance.

In a bid to rebuild the party after its rout in the Lok Sabha elections, the Congress had began enrolling new members last November. The process was supposed to be over by December 31, but due to poor response, the deadline was extended till February 28.

“The membership drive has not got the desired response. A review of the process is expected at the meeting of AICC general secretaries on Friday,” said a senior Congress leader.

Despite the response, the leadership does not want to extend the drive further as it may jeopardise the schedule for organisational polls. 

The organisational elections for the posts of district president, state-unit president and subsequently the post of party president will be held after the membership drive. 

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