With nomination process coming to an end, Congress now plans to undertake a drive to set the house in order by persuading, and if necessary, by taking disciplinary action against dissidents. Prithviraj Singh reports.india Updated: Jan 13, 2012 14:43 IST
As the Congress party's official candidates have already started damage control exercise in their constituencies, party officials will formally begin their 'control rebellion' drive from Friday following completion of nomination process on Thursday.
In their first move, Congress observers will take stock of the dissidence against official candidates. They have already sought a list of dissidents from the PCC.
It is expected that observers would first persuade the rebels to withdraw their nominations. Persuasion will be followed by disciplinary action against those who don't heed.
"We are keeping an eye on the activities of rebels. List of dissidents who have filed nominations is being prepared and necessary action will be initiated thereafter.
We will first try to persuade them not to contest against the party's official nominees. If they don't listen then necessary action will be taken against them," said Narender Budania, AICC observer and Rajya Sabha member from Rajasthan. Budania expressed confidence that the party would be able to contain the rebellion.
"Dissidence will not be tolerated at any cost. Rebels will have to go by the party line or the should be prepared to face consequences," he said.
Meanwhile, Congress has begun distributing publicity and campaign materials to its official candidates in 41 constituencies, belonging to the Garhwal region. Publicity items are being sent from the partyheadquarters in Dehradun.
Two trucks full of publicity materials were unloaded at the party head office recently while third is likely to arrive soon.
It is said that publicity materials being distributed in Garhwal region is worth around R1.5 crore.
Materials for 29 constituencies in Kumoun region are being distributed from the party office in Haldwani. Materials include varieties of flags, stickers, badges, caps with party symbol, posters, cards (containing message for vote and carrying pictures of party president), leaflets and handbills etc.