The executive committee of the Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) will meet on January 16 to give shape to All India Congress Committee president Sonia Gandhi's instructions to its members on reforming the party. The latter asked state party leaders to conduct ground surveys and to seek feedback on the Congress party's ideology and organizational reforms from cadres to "put the party back on the revival path". In her missive she also emphasized on greater accountability of the party leaders.
The Congress party lost all four parliamentary seats (Shimla, Kangra, Hamirpur and Mandi) in last year's general elections. "The Congress party executive will draw up a roadmap for the next three months." The party's chief spokesman, Naresh Chauhan, said.
Party functionaries have to submit the feedback latest by February 28. It is likely the executive committee, headed by state party chief Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, will shortlist leaders who will be assigned the task of gathering feedback from booths and block Congress members. Besides, the party's decision making body may review the membership drive that is under way. The party aims at inducting a million new members in Himachal while the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party has set a target of inducting 1.5 million new members this time.
The party has also sought feedback on the changes made by the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance government on the Land Acquisition Bill that was introduced earlier by the Congress party led United Progressive Alliance government.
After the party's rout in the general elections Sukhu had initiated various moves to the strength and to improve the functioning of the organization. In the latest move he has been successful in making Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his cabinet colleagues to sit in the Congress office to redress problems of party workers. Sukhu's move is now being seen as a step towards improving coordination between the party and the government.