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Congress to hold organizational polls after 18 years

New Delhi, June 30 (): Congress has asked all State presidents to start elections within the party from July and finish it in December. Based on this, AICC, the decision body will be revamped and those who do not have organizational support will not be in key posts.

Congress has not made public about the organizational elections but PCC presidents have received a communication. The process of updating voters’ list of Congress has to be started. Antony’s analysis of defeat shows that imposition of State chiefs and nominating people to AICC by high command should stop.

Those who welcome it are few but many say that it will only create problems as factionalism will rise and the Gandhi family authority will be challenged. It could lead to further erosion of supporter base. Sources say that when P V Narasimha Rao was PM in 1996, did elections for Congress posts take place and many efforts had only failed afterwards as it led to violent protests and AICC observers were manhandled.

A similar situation would arise, say sources. Antony like Rahul feels that deadwood has to be removed through elections. This move could backfire or move the Congress forward and make it less dependent on the Gandhi family for decision-making.

Antony’s speech conveyed that the Congress’ love towards minorities has been seen by majority as pseudo -secular and even the minorities themselves were not convinced. He told Congress workers that the party being pro-minority (meaning Muslim) had alienated and led to surge of communal forces (meaning BJP).

Though leaders tried to play down Antony’s remarks, saying it was regarding Kerala politics where the BJP has gained an increase in voter share , sources say that Congress in Kerala has been able to be equidistant and it was with regard to North belt. Modi had polarized Hindu votes and Congress trying to bring about minority votes instead of being equidistant cost it dearly, say sources in CWC.