Our leaders are egoistic, snooty: Cadre to Rahul
New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi faced a tough time with 140 district unit chiefs on Friday, who complained about indiscipline in party cadres and highlighted ego issues and lobbying of senior leaders that plague the party ranks.
Sources said when Rahul was stressing on the need for the party to gain acceptance from all sections of the society, one district unit chief after another started narrating their experiences with indisciplined cadres and indifferent senior leaders.
Following this, Rahul had a telephonic interaction and video conferences with party members, including district heads, to get a ground-level feedback. They then complained that since office bearers in blocks and tehsils are appointed on recommendations of senior leaders, they pay no heed to words of district presidents.
A district member of West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district unit said Congress leaders have a big ego and are uninterested in meeting people, which affects the party agenda. He also requested Rahul to contest elections in West Bengal without any alliance and criticised West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s arrogance towards Congress leaders.
Echoing similar sentiments, a leader from Odisha said that senior leaders are inaccessible. Another top official from the party’s Warangal district unit in Telangana alleged that senior party leaders do not care about them because they have a lobby in Hyderabad and Delhi, and ticket distribution is decided on at that level.
Others insisted that he verifies and scrutinises people who are ‘party hoppers’, before taking them into the Congress fold.
Rahul insisted district chiefs to bring people who are moderate and secular into the party net. “The Congress does not belong to any one sect or caste, nor does it preach one ideology. It belongs to all,” he said.
When a party leader complained that for years, Congress has not given district and block presidents the responsibility and respect they deserve, Rahul assured them the situation will change. “Without you there is no party. I am going to give you what you deserve. I want you to feel empowered,” he said.
Rahul Gandhi met 140 Congress district unit chiefs on Friday