Rajasthan Youth Cong elections postponed for united fight in assembly polls

The Congress postponed elections to the party’s youth wing in Rajasthan following opposition by workers who said the exercise would lead to infighting among leaders and come in the way of a united fight against the BJP in assembly polls due in December

jaipur Updated: May 27, 2018 21:48 IST
Mukesh Mathrani
Mukesh Mathrani
Hindustan Times
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Rajasthan Youth Congress president Ashok Chandna greets BJP MLA Ghanshyam Tiwari at the assembly in Jaipur. (HT Photo)

The Congress postponed elections to the party’s youth wing in Rajasthan following opposition by workers who said the exercise would lead to infighting among leaders and come in the way of a united fight against the BJP in assembly polls due in December.

The party put up a message on its official website on Saturday, saying: “Scrutiny and elections for the Rajasthan Youth Congress have been postponed until upcoming assembly elections.” The Youth Congress polls were slated for this month.

“It is good that the party has heard the voice of workers at the grass-roots level and took the decision on time. With this step, the party will be able to avoid rift and groupism in the leadership, especially among young leaders,” said Manoj Choudhary, a Congress worker.

“Instead of holding elections, eligible candidates can be chosen in many ways. When we are accepting candidates nominated by the party leadership for assembly and general elections, then what is the problem in picking Youth Congress leaders?”

Neeraj Joshi, coordinator of the Congress’s IT cell in Barmer, has the same opinion. “Senior leaders were divided into groups and pushing their candidates for YC posts. Youth leaders were showing money and muscle power, which can be utilised for assembly elections,” Joshi said.

“Workers have been demanding cancellation of YC elections. Instead of just postponing the polls, it would have been better if the exercise is banned permanently.”

Citing an example of groupism, many party workers said on condition of anonymity that former chief minister Ashok Gehlot wanted one more term for present state Youth Congress president Ashok Chandna, but PCC chief Sachin Pilot was favoring Jat candidate Sumit Bhagasara.

Political observers said Gehlot, after becoming the party’s organisational general secretary, played a decisive role in postponing the YC polls. Gehlot was earlier the in-charge of the Indian Youth Congress.

According to political observers, Gehlot has not only scored over Pilot with the postponement of the YC polls, but also killed two birds with one stone: the ex-CM got the sympathy of thousands of workers who did not want the elections, and Chandna will continue as the state YC president, which Gehlot wants.

They said Gehlot is using Chandna – both belong to the same community -- against Pilot.

First Published: May 27, 2018 21:48 IST