Cong trainees demand more
CONGRESSMEN WANT to reap the harvest ? a ?right? that they feel has been denied to them even though the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government reigns at the Centre.india Updated: Feb 05, 2006 01:20 IST
CONGRESSMEN WANT to reap the harvest — a ‘right’ that they feel has been denied to them even though the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government reigns at the Centre.
Besides demanding more nominations in government committees constituted to monitor implementation of various schemes, Congressmen also wanted nomination to Telephone Advisory Committees (TACs) constituted at district and other levels. Requests for computers and FAX were also made even though they were advised to use Internet cafes.
These issues came up at a UPCC organised workshop for party spokespersons, here today. This is the second such workshop organised in recent years to train Congress spokespersons to train their guns on the Mulayam Singh Yadav Government. A similar exercise was undertaken during the tenure of Sriprakash Jaiswal as UPCC president. So, when Congressmen were to learn the finer points of putting lung power to right use, they latched on the opportunity raise demands.
While many leaders were upset over the State Government “hijacking” central-sponsored schemes, some wanted inclusion of district presidents in the district level committees constituted to implement such schemes.
Linking interaction to telephony, many leaders delved on the need to nominate Congressmen at TACs. “Telephone is needed to ensure better interaction,” quipped a leader.
Yet there were some who wanted a ban on various brigades formed in the name of senior party leaders. “The Sonia Gandhi Brigade, Priyanka Gandhi Brigade and Rahul Gandhi Brigade were of no use as they caused more confusion than help,” they said. They added that a section of senior party leaders were self-styled leaders of such brigades and it sent a wrong signal to the people. The participants did not hide their hurt feelings. They complained about the treatment being meted out to them by senior party leaders, including central ministers.
Such leaders and ministers fail to take them into confidence before undertaking a tour of their respective districts, said a spokesman from Ambedkar Nagar.
Some of the district Congress committees issued press releases for programmes without actually holding them, said a Congress spokesperson from Mirzapur division. There were suggestions of taking out yatras to spread the achievements of the UPA Government.
Congress, they said, fought battles on the personal and political fronts. “We should fight a personal battle with those attacking Congress leaders. The other battle must be political,” they said.
On his part, the UPCC chief gave Congressmen his “mantra” on how to make effective use of the media. He said Congress spokespersons should make use of Internet cafes.