Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday assured Congress workers that the upcoming organisational elections would be “free, fair and transparent” and urged workers to “reinvigorate and rejuvenate” the party following the drubbing in the Lok Sabha and assembly polls.
Interacting with party leaders for the first time here after the poll debacle in Maharashtra and Haryana, Gandhi said that full powers had been given to the central election authority — headed by former union minister Mullapalli Ramchandran — to make the exercise truly effective.
Organisational elections in the past have often been marred by allegations of fake membership by rival factions. Gandhi said the internal elections were aimed at making the party a fighting machine once again. This is the first such elections after the Congress amended its constitution to hold party polls after five years instead of three years.
Organisational weakness has often been cited a key reason for the party’s poll defeat. Though the process will culminate with the election of new Congress president next year, there is a speculation that the party will see some sweeping changes during its revamp.