Congress Chintan Shivir: ‘One family, one ticket proposal being discussed’

NEW DELHI: Congress began its Chintan Shivir in Udaipur on Friday to brainstorm over revamping party’s organisational structure and emphasised that ‘one family, one ticket’ proposal will be widely discussed by the top brass during the 3-day long event.
Chintan Shivir is being held in the backdrop of the party’s drubbing in the elections to five state assemblies earlier this year, and will also see the party formulating a sturdy strategy against the BJP for upcoming 2024 general elections.
Addressing a press conference ahead of Chintan Shivir, All India Congress Committee’s general secretary Ajay Maken detailed the ‘one family, one ticket’ strategy of the grand old party, adding that it will completely transform party’s working style.
Here’s what Congress is likely to discuss during Chintan Shivir:-
* At least 5 years of experience will be required for anyone who wants to contest elections on Congress party ticket, with exception being if another family member has worked with the party for a minimum of 5 years.
* A proposal is being considered that 50 per cent party positions be reserved for those less than 50 years of age in party committees at every level of the Congress organisation.
* There’s almost complete unanimity among panel members to ensure that party leaders don’t give tickets to their kin or relatives without any work in the party.
* There is a cap of five years on holding a post in the Congress, after which the person will have to mandatorily step down. Meanwhile, a cooling off period of 3 years, in which the person is allowed to come back to the same post is also under consideration.
* The party is also considering setting up an ‘assessment wing’ to monitor the performance of all office bearers.
* Deliberations are happening on setting up a ‘public insight department’ to ascertain views of the people and carry out surveys for getting battle ready for elections.
The Shivir will focus on time-bound party restructuring, finding ways to combat politics of polarisation and rethink defeats suffered by the party in the past many years.
(With inputs from agencies)

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