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Congmen not willing to pay for identity cards

lucknow Updated: Mar 23, 2010 10:42 IST
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Uttar Pradesh Congressmen and women are loath to pay even a token payment of as little as Rs one for the party Identity card that would allow them to vote in internal party polls.

They want it for free.

The party faces a gigantic task of distributing 55 lakh identity cards to its members before the organizational polls commence next month.

When Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) president Rita Bahuguna Joshi sought the views of its members as to how much they were willing to pay for the identity card, it was a vociferous no.

“How much do you want to pay for the identity card,” she asked the party’s district returning officers (DROs) and city returning officers (CROs) in Lucknow on Sunday.

“Do you want to pay Rs 5 or Rs 2,” she asked again. “No,” they shouted. She brought the offer price to just Rs one. Even then the response was a loud no.

Additional Pradesh Returning Officer (APRO) JD Sheelam sought to impress upon the members that the District Congress Committees (DCCS) would get 25 percent of the amount thus collected from identity cards. Party units in states such as Rajasthan were charging Rs 2 per card, said Sheelam adding that “we will consult other states also.”

The partymen and women would have nothing of it. They insisted that they would not pay anything for the document.

This prompted the Congress Election Authority chairman Oscar Ferandest to step in with a firm assertion that the issue would be considered seriously.

Rita then asked the members holding positions as PCC members to deposit a sum of Rs 300 each, failing which they would be bared from contesting the organizational polls.

The UPCC faces a gigantic task of distributing about 55 lakh identity cards before it holds the organizational elections commencing next month. The party unit would train 15,000 youth at its 12 divisional headquarters to start the process of distribution of I-cards.

It’s going to train about 15 thousand youths at 12 divisional headquarters to begin the process of distributing the identity cards.