Paratroopers will not be accommodated: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi said there is a need to properly define the rights and duties in the organization, particularly at the level of senior leadership.

Paratroopers will not be accomodated: Rahul

Kullu: Hinting at key changes in Congress, Rahul Gandhi on Monday said there is a need to properly define the rights and duties in the organization, particularly at the level of senior leadership, so that fresh energy and new talent can emerge.

"Though the work of people in the government are clearly defined, a need is being felt to define the duties within the party, especially at the level of the senior leadership, who can give their significant contribution for the betterment of the party," Gandhi said in Kullu beginning his two day tour of poll-bound Himachal Pradesh.

Gandhi said there is need to give more importance and representation to workers who should be able to frankly air their views.

Eyeing the upcoming assembly poll in the state, he asked state party leaders and workers to close ranks and put up a united show at the hustings.

The Congress had lost the last assembly election in Himachal due to infighting and this should not be repeated this time, he said during closed-door meetings of the party functionaries in Kullu town.

Party sources said the Congress general secretary told workers and leaders that recommendations of block, district and state Congress committees would be given weightage while allocating tickets.

"Paratroopers will not be accommodated," Rahul asserted, implying that partymen will have to work their way up from the grassroot level.

He hinted the tickets would be allocated in advance to enable candidates to have adequate time for campaigning, the sources said.

"We need to create such a set up in which the party decides the tickets after completing all formalities six months before the election," he said.

Rahul stressed the need for unity during separate meetings with senior Congress leaders, BCC and DCC presidents, MLAs and ex-MLAs, and NSUI members.

"The block Congress committee offices should be given more importance than the AICC during distributing tickets," he said.
His comments against the backdrop of complaints that poor ticket distribution is one of the major reasons along with lack of party orgnaization for the Congress` poll debacle in Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.

In the hour-long interaction with the district and block level officers, Gandhi said that the party workers functioning at the ground level will have to be further strengthened.

Gandhi also hailed the role RTI in exposing corruption and significantly added "a problem like corruption cannot be checked only with protests and fasts" in an oblique reference to the agitations on this issue by civil society members recently.

Talking to NSUI workers, he said that future Chief Ministers of Himachal Pradesh will come out from the present crop of the NSUI.

"Youth Congress and NSUI will take the state and the country forward. 10-15 years later, one of you sitting here will be the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh. The Chief Minister of tomorrow is sitting here in this room itself."

The Congress leader was accompanied by Union minister Anand Sharma and AICC general secretary in charge of Himachal Birinder Singh.

Virbhadra Singh, who has been appointed chairman of party`s campaign committee, Leader of the Opposition in Himachal Assembly Vidya Stokes and HPCC chief Kaul Singh Thakur were among others who attended the meetings.