The very first call made by Amit Shah to the party cadres after being anointed as party president to "rid the country of Congress" by countering its thought and ideology cannot be seen just one off the cuff remark but seems to have come in response to Congress' massive plans to revive the party at the grassroots level after the recent defeat in general elections.
In a recent AICC circular party president Janardan Dwivedi has made a fervent appeal to the party representatives to revive the basic units of the party - the primary committee that comes under block Congress committees.
He has asked them to give top most priority to identify primary committees and send the numbers of primary committees in each block along with the names of persons associated with them to the Congress headquarters.
The move has come after a lot of brain storming and vetted at highest level by the Congress president Sonia Gandhi and others who were shocked by the Lok Sabha results and squirming to understand the reasons for a loss that relegated Congress to almost to the strength of regional parties, party sources said.
Given the interplay of politics between the two main parties, the coming days can see considerable and interesting efforts of party mobilisation at the grassroots level.
Addressed to all Congress legislative party leaders (CLP) leaders, all AICC general secretaries and secretaries, all chief frontal organisations and AICC departments, secretaries, Congress in parliament and all members of the Congress working committee, the circular says that "a primary committee which is the basic unit of the organisation shall, as far as possible, correspond to the area of territory falling under one polling booth or polling station in the general election."
Dwivedi further says in the circular that "every primary committee subordinate to the block Congress committee shall be entitled to elect one member to the block Congress committee provided there shall be at least 25 members in that primary committee."
The number has been kept at a minimum of 25 to increase the membership drive in primary committee that would also give them the incentive to move up the ladder to block level.
The circular says that it is necessary to have the figures of total number of primary committees under each block identified by giving name to each unit.
The circular has been sent with a proforma to facilitate preparation of the list of names of the units and cadre strength.