Uttar Pradesh Congressmen have got their way. Standing firm, the party men and women forced the leadership to drop its idea to charge a fee for I-cards for party members.
Only members with proper identity cards would be allowed to vote in the organisational elections scheduled to be held later this year.
The Congress has waived the amount of Rs 5 to be realised from them in lieu of issuing a unique identity card. Amount has been waived in view of stiff opposition from the party ranks.
Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) has asked its district units not to charge the amount while distributing the identity cards to partymen at distribution camps.
As the Congressmen were not willing to pay the amount a piquant situation had prevailed in most of the districts for last few days. UPCC Disciplinary Committee Chairman Ram Krishna Dwivedi said he had issued directives in this regard to all the party units. “We are a party of ‘aam aadmi’ and charging this amount would have put extra burden on workers,” said Dwivedi, adding, “the party will bear the cost of ID cards.”
UPCC president Rita Bahuguna Joshi had on April 28 requested the Central Election Authority (CEA) to waive the amount in view of Congressmen’s unwillingness to pay. Joshi said the amount had been waived to clear the confusion in party ranks. “Some units were not willing to charge any amount while others wanted to take Re 1 or Rs 2 to issue the identity cards. We discussed the issue with AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh and he agreed to waive it,” said Joshi.