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Delhi Congress Restructuring to Start Next Week, Says State President

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, DPCC president Anil Chaudhary, Youth Congress president Srinivas BV and others leave after paying tribute to Jawaharlal Nehru on his birth anniversary, at Shanti Van in New Delhi, on November 14, 2020. (PTI Photo/Manvender Vashist)

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, DPCC president Anil Chaudhary, Youth Congress president Srinivas BV and others leave after paying tribute to Jawaharlal Nehru on his birth anniversary, at Shanti Van in New Delhi, on November 14, 2020. (PTI Photo/Manvender Vashist)

The block committees were dissolved by then Delhi Congress president Sheila Dikshit, after the Lok Sabha debacle of the party in 2019.

Organisational restructuring in the Delhi Congress is expected to begin next week at the block level and priority will be given to party men who worked hard during COVID-19 relief work, Delhi Congress president Anil Chaudhary said on Sunday. Senior party workers will be deputed as observers in all 270 blocks to gather names recommended for appointment as presidents of the party's block units. The process will be completed in the next one week, Chaudhary told PTI.

"A massive relief work was undertaken by the Delhi Congress to distribute food, ration kits and help migrant workers moving to their states. We will give priority in appointments to those leaders andworkers who dedicatedly participated in this work for months," he said. Those leaders who have performed well in relief work will be retained and given appointments while those who remained aloof and did not show any enthusiasm will be shunted out, he said.

The block-level changes were last made in 2018 with the appointment of new president units by then Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken. The block committees were dissolved by then Delhi Congress president Sheila Dikshit, after the Lok Sabha debacle of the party in 2019. Organisational restructuring in the Delhi Congress is long overdue although three presidents have been changed in the past two years.

Chuadhary said around 35 of the 270 block president posts are lying vacant. Some block presidents also died due to coronavirus infection, he said. The organisational restructuring in the Delhi Congress will be a bottom to top exercise from block to district and state level. After block presidents, the restructuring of 14 district units will be taken up, said the Delhi Congress president.

The Pradesh Congress committee that is almost non-existent for 6-7 years is also to be overhauled with appointments to various important organisational posts Kumar was appointed the Delhi Congress president in March this year. His predecessor Subash Chopra quit in February after the party failed to win even one seat in the 2020 Delhi Assembly election. Congress president Sonia Gandhi also named five vice-presidents of Delhi Congress – Abhishek Dutt, Mudit Agarwal, Jaikishan, Ali Hassan and Shivani Chopra – to work with Kumar.

The Congress ruled for 15 years in Delhi under Sheila Dikshit till 2013. The political fortunes of the party plummeted with the rise of AAP, and it failed to even open its account in successive assembly polls in 2015 and 2020.

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first published:November 29, 2020, 13:23 IST
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