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‘You Must Stand out as Examples of Responsive Governance’: Sonia Tells CMs from Cong-ruled States

Amarinder Singh (Punjab), Ashok Gehlot (Rajasthan), Kamal Nath (Madhya Pradesh), Bhupesh Baghel (Chhattisgarh) and V Narayanasamy (Puducherry) met Sonia Gandhi at her residence.

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Updated:September 13, 2019, 10:10 PM IST
‘You Must Stand out as Examples of Responsive Governance’: Sonia Tells CMs from Cong-ruled States
File photo of Congress President Sonia Gandhi. (Reuters)

New Delhi: In a meeting with the chief ministers of all the Congress-ruled states, interim party president Sonia Gandhi on Friday said there should be better coordination between the organisation and the government in those states.

Amarinder Singh (Punjab), Ashok Gehlot (Rajasthan), Kamal Nath (Madhya Pradesh), Bhupesh Baghel (Chhattisgarh) and V Narayanasamy (Puducherry) met Gandhi at her residence here.

“The Congress-ruled states must be the biggest bulwarks against the BJP. Fulfill the promises made in the manifestos. There’s an added responsibility on states being ruled by the Congress party,” Gandhi reportedly said.

Pradesh Congress Committee chiefs of Congress-ruled states, including Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, also attended the meeting.

“There was an elaborate discussion on what all the Congress-ruled state governments are doing and what all is being done for the people. How to increase the involvement of the workers who have worked for the party for years,” said Pilot, the Rajasthan deputy chief minister and PCC chief.

Gandhi emphasised on the need to underline before the people the faults of the BJP.

The details of systems put into place to ensure effective coordination between the party organisations and the governments in these states were also discussed in order to ensure that by working in tandem, all the programmes of the government and the party’s commitment can be taken to the people seamlessly.

Gandhi stressed that the alternate governance model, which is people-centric and inclusive, put forth by these states, along with the party’s national agitational endeavour, was the most effective way to deal with and defeat the “anti-people government of the BJP”.

Party sources said coordination committees or other such mechanisms will be set up in Congress-ruled states of Punjab, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Puducherry. They added that the state governments have been told to depute ministers at party offices on roster basis to meet people and resolve their grievances.

Gandhi asked the party's governments to assign duties on regular basis to ministers to sit at PCC offices to address public grievances. The BJP had also evolved a similar mechanism at the Centre after assuming power.

It was pointed out that apart from the "constant diabolic game of destabilization" the BJP plays, its government at the Centre also leaves no stone unturned to create "road blocks" in the implementation of Central schemes and programmes by Congress-ruled states, said a statement from Congress.

"The need of an effective strategy to deal with this problem that includes exposing the BJP in front of the people was underlined," it said.

The various steps that Congress state governments had undertaken or could take to mitigate the "disastrous" impact of the current economic slowdown were also discussed and the need to act on them with urgency was felt, it said.

This followed a series of crucial meetings being chaired by Gandhi to resolve the ongoing crisis and chaos in the Congress. Gandhi, who took over the reins of the party after son Rahul quit as its chief, has taken up the challenge to undertake this uphill task of bringing the Congress back to power.

Gandhi on Thursday met All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretaries, in-charges, PCC presidents and CLP leaders at the party headquarters here and urged them to adopt an “agitational agenda”.

“It is not enough to be active and aggressive on social media even though that too is needed and we need to do that better. Far more important is to go to the people directly,” she had said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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