UP Cong all set for a makeover
While it may not have yet succeeded in getting the Women's Reservation Bill passed by Parliament so far, the Congress has got down to ensuring that at least within its own organisation, women are given adequate representation.
By the end of this month, one-third of members of the executive committee of the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) will be women.
More reforms are planned. The size of the executive committee will also be pruned from the present 500 to just 51 members.
"The new executive committee will be constituted by the end of this month(January). It will have only 51 members this time," Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh said.
The new committee will include five elected vice presidents and a treasurer.
"We have short-listed around 70 to 80 names for the executive committee. The number is set to go up further if we consider the recommendations of senior party leaders," said UPCC president Rita Bahuguna Joshi.
The party has also stepped up efforts to give final shape to the list of about 135 leaders to be co-opted as UPCC members. A major chunk of these positions is likely to go to Dalits.
"We are looking at the UPCC members' list in every district and will nominate a lot of Dalit leaders," Joshi said. The state party president said a meeting of district party presidents would be convened in February to discuss various issues.
"We will also hold district party conventions in every district before the end of March, as per the action plan approved at the coordination committee meeting held on January 17 and 18," she said.