State Congress workers have told party general secretary Rahul Gandhi that they are unhappy with the state government. Gandhi received this feedback on Friday when he met 550 heads of block units - the lowest stage in the party's organisational setup. Most of these local leaders who got a chance to speak said that the Prithviraj Chavan-led government did not cooperate with party workers, thereby allowing an aggressive Nationalist Congress Party to expand its base.
The closed-door interaction took place in the presence of Chavan, party's state in-charge Mohan Prakash, state unit president Manikrao Thakre and district unit presidents at Congress headquarters at Tilak Bhavan, Dadar.
A few angry delegates complained to Gandhi that senior Congress ministers did not support proposals for development proposal in their regions. However, when Gandhi asked them to name the ministers, they preferred not to do so. The delegates suggested that the government reward junior leaders with positions such as special executive officers and members/directors of state-run corporations. They said that in such matters, the ally NCP was far ahead. The general feeling was that the NCP would do more political damage to the Congress than any other factor or party. "Traditional voters support the NCP. But the NCP's trusted votebanks don't support Congress candidates in elections," said a delegate from western Maharashtra.
Gandhi was also asked to focus more on regions like Mumbai and Thane, from where 60 legislators are elected to the assembly.
Gandhi sought time to work out a plan to revive the party.