No chief yet, but Cong to begin poll prep next week
New Delhi: Congress’ hunt for a new chief for its Delhi unit is not over yet. However, the party has decided to kickstart its preparation for the upcoming assembly polls by holding booth-level meetings in each of the 70 constituencies from next week.
A senior party functionary said the All-India Congress Committee general secretary in-charge for Delhi, P C Chacko, met the district presidents and the media team on Friday to talk about preparations for the assembly elections scheduled to be held early next year.
“I met the district presidents, the media team and the spokespersons to discuss plans and allotted them work. The election is just a couple of months away and we cannot afford to wait any longer for the new president. The work should not suffer,” Chacko said. Chacko said he would meet the Congress president in the next few days and hoped that the name of the Delhi Congress president would be announced soon
The Delhi Congress unit has been headless since the demise of incumbent president Sheila Dikshit in July. Though interim Congress president Sonia Gandhi has held several meetings with Delhi Congress leaders in the past one month, the party is still undecided about who will lead its Delhi unit in the assembly polls.
The two warring camps in Delhi have suggested the names of leaders who, they think, should lead the party in the time of crisis, a source said. After its debut in 2014, AAP has unseated Congress as the principal political force in the capital. Congress doesn’t have a single MLA in the current assembly.
Senior party leaders said they were expecting a decision immediately after the pitrapaksh, considered inauspicious for taking up a new project. “We have never seen such indecision in the party before. This is going to harm the morale of the party workers big time,” said one of them.
Chacko said he would meet the Congress president in the next few days and hoped that the name of the Delhi Congress president would be announced soon. “In the meanwhile, we have decided to hold booth-level meetings from October 9,” he said.