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Cong leaders vent spleen against PCC chief

EVEN AS Madhya Pradesh Congress president Subhash Yadav presented an eight-point action plan to galvanise the party up to the grassroots, party workers vent their spleen before the AICC general secretary Narayan Sami about failure of the State leadership to constitute PCC executive and nominate District Congress Committee (DCC) presidents at places where elections could not take place due to factional conflicts.

india Updated: Feb 12, 2006 13:33 IST

EVEN AS Madhya Pradesh Congress president Subhash Yadav presented an eight-point action plan to galvanise the party up to the grassroots, party workers vent their spleen before the AICC general secretary Narayan Sami about failure of the State leadership to constitute PCC executive and nominate District Congress Committee (DCC) presidents at places where elections could not take place due to factional conflicts.

Sami assured them that nominations in both the PCC and the DCCs would be completed in next fortnight. The other major complaint related to fake nominations as PCC delegates, who play a major role in organizational elections.

Most vocal of them all was Rajni Shrivastava. She alleged that she was not allowed to become PCC delegate under influence of Harisingh Narvariya, an AICC delegate.

“I have borne bullet injuries four times for the party. I have been Janpad Panchayat member twice. Defeated daughter-in-law of BJP organisational general secretary by a margin of over 10,000 votes but I could not become PCC delegate”, decried Shrivastava.

Former minister Narendra Nahata bemoaned neglect of party workers and said they are simply not heard. He also complained of harassment of Congress workers under BJP regime.

Retired bureaucrat Man Dahima said that no thought has been spared on why the Congress lost base among the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes. He further said that the Congress should push the Women’s Reservation Bill with greater force.
Former MLA Lalit Jain created a brief sensation in the convention by stating that PCC chief should be an imposing person, who could take on leaders like Uma Bharti and Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

“They speak with such conviction but our chief fails to raise even genuine issues with force. We fail to decipher half the things he speaks on TV ”, he said.

Congress MLA Govind Rajput said that booth committees should get their due and their members should be treated with dignity. He further said that booth committees should not be formed and dissolved at the time of elections but should continue to be in existence all the time. He also criticized the State Government for trying to grab credit for National Employment Guarantee Scheme.

Former president of MP Kisan Congress Yogesh Parikh said that the Congress should have a cell to keep watch on its members, who had changed colours after party’s defeat in State elections and were now riding saffron bandwagon.

Under fire for his inability to mobilise party organization at the grassroots, State Congress chief Subhash Yadav today presented an eight-point action plan before All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary in-charge of party affairs V Narayan Sami for this purpose.

The action plan includes constitution of committees up to block-level to ensure successful implementation of National Employment Guarantee Scheme (NEGS) and check corruption therein, agitation at the booth-level on power crisis, protests to

demand security of minorities, organizing a mammoth rally of the party where party president Sonia Gandhi will be present, activating grass roots workers to reach out to masses with the Centre’s initiatives for welfare of masses, organizing rallies of the party at divisional level and preparing an action plan to enable the State leadership reach out to the grass roots workers.

Group-wise conventions of the party will be organized for the purpose. The action plan was, later, approved by consensus. Former minister Ajay Singh in his address cautioned the State party leaders that if the party organisation was not tone up, the Congress might find itself on third position behind Uma Bharti’s proposed outfit in the next election.

“If the present state of affairs continued and party leaders and workers fail to wake-up to the call, we might find ourselves at third position behind Uma Bharti’s proposed party”, he said.

He further suggested that Sami should take his time in constituting the PCC executive and only after identifying the right persons , he should go ahead with the task. For the time being, a committee can be formed to work for activating the party organization up to the grassroots, he said.

Ajay Singh, while welcoming the party president Sonia Gandhi’s proposed tour of the State, said her tour should take off from a tribal district like Mandla or Dindori rather than Ujjain as proposed.

First Published: Feb 12, 2006 13:33 IST