Congress dissolves 14 district, 140 block committees in Delhi

After its severe drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls, Congress today dissolved all 14 district and 140 block committees besides other wings in the national capital as part of efforts to revamp the party ahead of next assembly elections.

PTI| Updated: May 22, 2014, 22:07 PM IST

New Delhi: After its severe drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls, Congress today dissolved all 14 district and 140 block committees besides other wings in the national capital as part of efforts to revamp the party ahead of next assembly elections.

Sources said DPCC chief Arvinder Singh Lovely, who was appointed to the post following Congress` defeat in the assembly polls in December, has been given a "free-hand" by the leadership to restructure the party organisations and make preparations for the Assembly polls.

The decision to dissolve the all wings of the party including the district and block committees was announced soon after Lovely`s meeting with party president Sonia Gandhi.

"14 district committees and 140 block committees of the party in Delhi have been dissolved," DPCC chief spokesperson Mukesh Sharma said.

Congress was handed a crushing defeat in the Lok Sabha polls as all its seven MPs, including two Union ministers, from Delhi were relegated to third position in their constituencies.

The party had suffered a severe drubbing in the assembly polls last December, winning a paltry eight seats in the 70- member House after ruling the city for 15 consecutive years.

Sharma said the decision to dissolve all the district and block committees were taken at a meeting Lovely had with AICC general secretary in-charge of Delhi Shakeel Ahmed.

"The decision was taken to strengthen and revitalise the party in Delhi," Sharma said.

Sources said Lovely gave his assessment of Congress` defeat in the city in the Lok Sabha polls and apprised Gandhi of his plans to strengthen the party ahead of assembly polls.

46-year-old Lovely vowed to strengthen the party at the grass-root level and exuded confidence of winning back people`s support in the city.

Both Congress and BJP have already announced that they are ready for fresh assembly polls in Delhi. The Aam Aadmi Party had made efforts to form a government following its defeat in the Lok Sabha polls but Congress has made it clear it was not going to support it again following which AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal announced his party too was ready for assembly polls.

Almost all the office bearers of DPCC were removed after Congress` defeat in the assembly polls and Lovely, along with senior leaders Harun Yusuf and Sharma, was tasked to oversee functioning of the party.

"All other party cells have also been dissolved. The party will take steps to give a new direction to the party in the next one month and the process will be completed quickly," said Sharma.

He said committed and devoted party workers will be given appropriate positions in the party organisations.
"To keep proper balance in the party organisation, proper representation will be given to all sections of people, including youth, women, minorities, OBC and the scheduled castes," said Sharma.