New Delhi: Congress President Sonia
Gandhi has directed state units to ensure that one-third
members of the AICC and Pradesh Congress Committees are women.
Continuing to be proactive on the issue of women
empowerment, Gandhi has said there should be 33 per cent
reservation for women while deciding the All India Congress
Committee members, a central leader said.
There are around 1000 AICC members from all over the
country who form the electoral college for the all powerful
Congress Working Committee.
The leader, who did not wish to be named, said that
the party chief has also asked the Pradesh Congress Committees
to ensure that one third of their office bearers are women.
Besides, Gandhi has made it clear to state units that
they should not go for jumbo committees and opt for compact
Elections for the CWC are scheduled on November two at
the meeting of the AICC here.
Almost a decade back, Gandhi had been instrumental in
ensuring one third reservation for women at all levels in the
organisation and Congress has been the first major national
party to implement it.
Gandhi also played a major role in the passage of the
Women`s Reservation Bill in the Rajya Sabha, which has been
hanging fire for a dozen odd years.
There is, however, no official word so far as to when
the Congress-led coalition at the Centre would be bringing the
Bill in the Lok Sabha.
Gandhi`s directive on one third quota for women in
AICC has resulted in several existing AICC members not getting
re-elected. Also the state units are making extra
efforts for finding the right candidates.
Gandhi, who has been re-elected as the party chief for
the fourth term, has created a record of having the longest
tenure. She took over as the head of the organisation in April
Sonia announces 18 PCC chiefs; Amarinder, Joshi make it
Former chief minister
Amarinder Singh and G Parmeshwar will head the Congress state
units in Punjab and Karnataka respectively with party
president Sonia Gandhi today naming 18 PCC chiefs.
Rita Bahuguna Joshi in Uttar Pradesh, Manas Ranjan
Bhunia of West Bengal, JP Agrawal of Delhi and Bhubaneshwar
Kalita of Assam are among PCC chiefs who have been retained.
Sonia Gandhi was earlier authorised by the state units
to name their new chiefs.