Two men who were started with cleaning up Indian politics are now helping clean up India’s oldest political party.
One is former Chief Election Commissioner J.M. Lyngdoh, who postponed elections in Gujarat after the 2002 riots amid criticism to assuage the fears of Muslims. The other is former EC observer to Bihar K.J. Rao, who ensured free and fair polls there in 2005.
The two were contacted by Rahul Gandhi to clean up the youth wing of the grand old
Party and have been assisting the organisation in conducting free and fair polls through their NGO Foundation for Advanced Management of Elections (FAME).
They have been training activists to conduct elections EC-style, and even looking into complaints.
A day ago, Youth Congress passed the first transparency test (following FAME’s advice) and rejected the nomination of a tainted candidate for the Pondicherry organisational polls.
“The organisation has created an Indian Youth Congress Election Commission, just like the EC,” K.J. Rao told HT.
“We train some people from the Congress on how to conduct fair polls. We train them how to go through the nomination and polling process, report complaints and seal ballot boxes to make the process tamper-proof.”
The exercise began in Punjab, and has continued through Gujarat and Daman and Diu. However, the first complaint against a candidate was referred to them just two days back.
Ashok Anand, facing corruption charges, was running for the Pondicherry organisational polls. Lyngdoh and Rao recommended that Anand’s candidature be rejected.
And the Youth Congress has promptly complied with it.