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Rahul Gandhi directs general secys to hold dialogues at state & district level

With the 2014 electoral debacle for the Congress followed in quick succession by defeats in four Congress ruled states, the party has gone back to the drawing board. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has been holding dialogues with party workers at the national level for the past two months.Gandhi on Wednesday directed Congress general secretaries incharge of states to replicate the dialogues at the state and district level to get feedback on planning a roadmap for the 129 year old organization. AICC general secretaries and frontal organization like Mahila Congress, Sewa Dal, Youth Congress, NSUI heads have been asked to give in their reports by February end.     

Not willing to effect any knee jerk reactions the party has desisted from carrying out the long awaited AICC reshuffle and organisational overhaul after its electoral defeats with Rahul Gandhi preferring instead to first get feedback from party workers directly. 

In the past two months Gandhi has personally met groups of party workers, about 400 till date and ascertained from them their views on how to take the party forward and what sort of organizational changes are needed. 

A general secretary who attended today’s meeting said, “Rahul Gandhi had started these dialogues at the national level and now he wants it to be taken to the grassroots of the party, so that it can be reflected in the changes that are due to take place in the organization.”    

The four major thrust areas for the party are;  how to go about strengthening the Congress’ core ideology, what type of organization changes need to be done, how to expand the outreach of the Congress to hitherto untouched segments as well as to groups that it has lost touch with and how should local and state specific issues be addressed within the party.                                                  

Through the deliberations so far, some of the views put across include some in favour of only holding elections for organizational posts, some in favour of nominations, while others preferring a combination of both. 

Another feedback has been that in the face of the onslaught of the BJP Hindutva ideology the Congress party workers have to be made more aware of the Congress’ ideological moorings. 

Gandhi has  directed party secretaries to take the dialogue forward to the 200 odd leaders at the state and district level. 

Post this second rung of brain storming, a report would be submitted to the party and then a special AICC session would be held to di


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