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enmeshing the living body of the Congress in their net of avarice? For close on three decades sincethe Congress has been hampered in delivering on its promise by the Congress itself Uma Shankar Dikshit was commissioned to write a report on revampingrecastingreordering and democratising the Congress organisation Yetthe mere fact of the party being in office (and seemingly set to remain there indefinitely) effectively hampered any attempt on Rajiv Gandhis part to co-opt his senior colleagues into undertaking the required transmogrification of the Congress It was only his resounding defeat in November 1989 that resulted in the Dikshit report becoming the principal instrument of a thorough reorganisation of the party Hencehis convening an extended meeting of the Congress Working Committee in April 1990 to accept the Dikshit report and then a plenary of the Congress in July the same year to endorse the CWCs decision But just a fortnight later in August 1990Mandal clashed with kamandal and the prospect of power came within the grasp of the Congress The reorganisation of the party was put on the back-burner The Congress won but lost Rajiv The Dikshit report was consigned to oblivion Happilythe electoral reverses of 1999 gave the Congress one more opportunity to refashion itself That was manifested in the AK Antony introspection reporta virtual Encyclopaedia Congressica that the rearguard in the party leadership succeeded in keeping under wraps It has never been released in its entirety But a summary was eventually made available to the CWC and every single organisational changeessentially based on the Dikshit recommendationswas accepted We were to have a democratically elected party organisationrising through election from the very grassroots of the party to the heightswith candidates for the Lok Sabha being declared six months in advance and assembly candidates at least three months in advance This was to be accompanied by a whole panoply of other reforms that would realise the vision of Rajiv Gandhis centenary speech Yetevery one of the recommendations endorsed in opposition has been kept on the back-burner through 10 years in power We now have at the helm a young man who speaks in the tongue of his father Asked what he was doing all these yearsthe answer is that he was experimenting with innovation in his remit the youth and student wings of the Congress instead of dabbling in the parent party or government Jaipur was the moment when he took over the organisational reins of the main party butalaswith key state assembly and Lok Sabha elections in the offingroot and branch reform was outside the realm of practical politics But not off the drawing board EssentiallyRahuls view is that the Congressas presently constitutedmight have served the national and political purposes of the 20th century but is hopelessly out of sync with the 21st Thanks to his fatherthe country now has 32 lakh elected representatives in the panchayats and nagarpalikasof whom some 14 lakh are womenwith guaranteed SC/ST reservation in proportion to their share of the population in every panchayat area at each of the three levels A substantial proportion of these personswho have secured the approval of their respective local electoratesare young one official estimate is that perhaps 70 per cent of those elected are under 35 At least a third of this vast army of political activists are Congressmen and women Switching from bogus lists of primary members drawn up by coteries of power-brokers in their self-interest to founding the party cadres in the strength of these grassroots elected representatives of Congress persuasionand guaranteeing an effective voice for these multitudes in electing the higher echelons of the partyas well as drafting its plans and programmes for action at every levelfrom the habitation to the nationwill take the party back in the 21st century to where it resided in the hearts of the people through all of the first half of the 20th century and much of the latter half after Independence But such a purge of power brokers and the induction of a party leadership elected by the broad membership of the Congress will take time The distraction of running a government will impede the long-term restoration of the party A break from governance would be a welcome break that could be used to refit the party as the nations natural party of governance in the 21st century The current and prospective electoral reverses for the Congress are thus Rahuls golden opportunity The writer is a Congress MP in the Rajya Sabha [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related News Rahul Gandhi has promised a transformation of both the organisation and leadership of the party. but the Delhi Police.

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