No chief yet, but Cong to be­gin poll prep next week

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

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.

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