Realising that it was because of communication gap that the various good deeds undertaken by the party and the governments at the Centre as well as the state had not reached people, the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee has appointed five more party spokespersons to overcome this lacuna.
These people are expected to counter the BJP's propaganda machine.
The decision was taken at the MPCC meeting of district presidents and key party functionaries held at Tilak Bhavan on Saturday. It was addressed by chief minister Prithviraj Chavan and MPCC president Manikrao Thakre.
The new spokespersons are Basavraj Patil Nagralkar, Hemlata Patil, Pravin Chheda, Prof. Shri Al-Nasser Zakaria and Neela Limaye.
"It was the need of the hour. During the Lok Sabha polls, we realised we lagged behind in communication. The Congress-NCP led government has taken several good decisions, but these decisions failed to reach the people. We didn't have a media plan or strategy to counter the massive BJP campaign. And, BJP managed to create a feeling among the people that the Congress-led governments had done nothing.
And a section of the people succumbed to the false propaganda. We want to change our strategy before the state elections. Therefore, we have appointed five more spokespersons," said a senior Congress leader, who was part of the meeting.
At the meeting, Chief Minister Chavan appreciated the work done by party workers during the Lok Sabha polls and was optimistic about the party coming out with flying colours. But the party could not afford to waste even a day, he said, and exhorted party workers to start preparing for the assembly polls scheduled in October. "There was really good coordination between Congress and NCP workers and we have to maintain it further," said Chavan.
Manikrao Thakre praised party workers for working hard during the Lok Sabha polls. "I expect you to put in a similar effort during the assembly polls too," he told them.
Congress corporator Pravin Chheda, who is one of the newly-appointed party spokesperson, told dna that he was happy to have been given the responsibility. "I will discharge my duty honestly and sincerely. We will try to take the party agenda and the work done by the government to the people. The Congress has undertaken several big infrastructural projects that include Monorail, Metro, Freeway and the Navi Mumbai airport. No party had done so much work. We will seek votes for works done," said Chheda.