Congress’ Udaipur Declaration: Will Winds Of Change Blow?

| Updated: 15 May, 2022 11:31 pm IST

NEW DELHI: One family, one post. No person should hold any post for more than five years. Fifty per cent reservation to those below 50 years of age at all levels of the party.

Congress’ Udaipur Declaration, on the final day of its three-day Nav Sankalp Chintan Shivir, is on the expected lines of the narrative that was served for the past two days as the Grand Old Party debates for its survival in the Indian political arena.

In an effort to modernise and take on the new age challenges, with the hope to break the shackles of the past, Congress will set up three new departments – public insight, election management and national training.

The party said that a national training institute should be developed to ensure proper training of leaders on ideology, policies, views and current issues. It said that the beginning of this can be done from the Kerala-based Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Development Studies.

It also said that the ‘one family, one post’ policy needs to be started in the party. It should also implement a ‘one family, one ticket’ policy. It said that if another member from the same family is politically active then after five years of working experience he can be deemed eligible for a ticket.

The party also said it has approved the proposal of including the North East Coordination Committee chief in the Congress Working Committee as a permanent invitee.

It also said that at the national level, a group should be formed by the Congress President from amongst the members of the Congress Working Committee, which should make suggestions to the party chief on important political matters and help in the implementation of the above decisions.

It further stated that under the General Secretary (Organization) of the Indian National Congress, the work of the office-bearers of the All India Congress Committee, State Congress Committees and District Congress Committees should also be evaluated, so that the office-bearers doing the best work get a chance to move forward and the inactive office bearers can be changed.

The party also said that a “Political Affairs Committee” should be formed at the level of each province to discuss and decide on different subjects.

Congress further said that there should be a proper representation of women, Dalit, SC, ST, tribals and OBC in the party at all levels of the party.

The party stressed on filling the vacancies at all levels within 90 to 180 days and said that along with the Block Congress, Mandal Congress Committees should also be formed to make the organisation effective.

Over 450 party leaders from across the country participated in the three-day-long Nav Sankalp Chintan Shivir in Udaipur.

While Congress declared some radical changes in a bid to stay relevant, only time will tell if the Grand Old Party can really shake off the issues that resulted in its downfall.

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