Chintan Shivir begins: Congress set for 1 ticket rule 1 family; waiver only if services run exceptionally for 5 years: The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Aditi Tandon

Udaipur, May 13

Congress is ready to enact the one-family-one-ticket rule, with an exception that will only be allowed if a second one-family ticket contender performs spectacularly for the party.

The rule is expected to be adopted at the end of the Chintan Shivir which began on Friday with Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s opening speech.

The one family, one ticket rule and the exception formula will apply to all ranks, including the ruling Gandhi family in Congress.

Speaking ahead of the start of the Shivir, AICC Secretary General in charge of Rajasthan and Member of Conclave Organizational Matters Ajay Maken said almost unanimity had emerged on formalizing one-party rule.

“There is almost a consensus on the formula one family, one ticket. An exception will only be made if the second ticket applicant in a family has exceptionally worked for the party for five years. It shouldn’t be that a top executive wants someone in their family to show up for the contest and that person wins the ticket without working for the party. The idea is that party leaders don’t give tickets to their children and loved ones without those wannabes working for the party,” Maken said.

As Shivir, Congress proposed landmark reforms to strengthen the organization, including – a new organizational unit called “mandal” to come between a stand and a bloc; an internal public analytics service to read people’s moods and espouse issues close to them; an internal assessment wing to promote performers and control inertia; a fixed five-year term for officers followed by a three-year cooling-off period if someone seeks reappointment.

Maken said that once the organizing panel’s suggestions are adopted, transformative change at all levels of the party’s organization would be seen.

Admitting that the party organization has remained stagnant for nearly 60 years, Maken said, “We have not undertaken any transformative change. A consensus is emerging on the construction of a new organizational unit called “mandal” between the voting booth and the blocks. The smallest organizational unit of Congress is currently the polling booth and then suddenly the bloc emerges. Unanimity emerges to have three to five ‘samitis mandals’ after each block and 15 to 20 cabins after each mandal.

Maken also said that unlike the current practice of commissioning surveys to read people’s feelings on the eve of an election, Congress is now considering an internal public information department to conduct routine investigations related to people’s issues. and assess the issues closest to their hearts.

“The weather is changing, but we haven’t been able to change as fast as the times. The Public Insight Department will be an internal department that will not only be active during elections, but will also work year-round to provide a technology-based feedback mechanism on issues most important to the people and on issues that Congress should approach as a strong opposition,” the top leader said.

He also said consensus was building on the development of an internal assessment wing to set metrics to promote talent. “Evaluation of officers is being considered to promote good workers and to remove others from active positions. There is near consensus on this,” Maken said, adding that ways to actively enforce the discipline will be discussed during the Shivir.

To further strengthen the organization, Congress planned to ensure that half of the organization at all levels was made up of people under the age of 50.

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