Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s new age functioning introducing appraisals, circulating questionnaires and fanning out his trusted aides across the country, to gauge the mood of party workers to allocate tickets, has sent shivers amongst state party leaders.
Some 55 observers are currently touring the country, taking feedback from district, block chiefs and state office bearers to select candidates for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and to choose state leaders.But what has unnerved the Pradesh Congress committee (PCC) chiefs is a four-page questionnaire they receive from Rahul’s office.
The elaborate corporate-type questionnaire prepared by an agency is aimed at to gauge their performance and allow him to remove those who don’t match his expectations. The questionnaire seeks details of their activities over the past year and what activities are planned in the next three months. It also seeks a list of the public issues how the PCC is dealing with them or intends to deal with them.
Details of the last meeting of the office-bearers, district Congress committees and the vacancies in the state and district units have also been charged. Rahul’s office has left almost no room for the PCC chiefs to bluff about their work. The replies are to be authenticated by the Congress legislature party leader and the state’s AICC incharge, general secretaries and their juniors.
Defending Rahul’s actions, party leaders at the AICC point out that Rahul had undertaken a similar exercise when he took command of Youth Congress and the National Students Union of India. But there are many leaders who resent the exercise, saying this corporate style of governance is not right to run a political party.