The era of Rahul Gandhi, 43, has begun in the 127-year-old Congress with his stamp clear on the recent party reshuffle that saw the induction of 30 younger leaders as All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretaries who are set to play a more active role in the organisation, party sources said.
“Rahul Gandhi’s era has begun in the Congress. His impact is clearly visible in the recent AICC reshuffle,” said a senior Congress leader who did not wish to be named..
An indication of this, he told IANS, is the fact that around 30 out of the 44 AICC secretaries are new faces, are relatively younger and have been Youth Congress leaders.
In Gandhi’s scheme of things, the secretaries are set to play a more active role on the ground under the watchful guidance of the respective general secretaries who have been given charge of various states, said party sources.
“The secretaries will play a more active role on the ground. They will be on the move, interact with state leaders down to the block level and bring crucial feedback to the central leadership. The general secretaries will guide them,” said one general secretary, who too did not wish to be identified.
“The secretaries would educate the local leaders about the party’s programmes and policies being implemented by the central government,” he added.
The party reconstituted the all-powerful Congress Working Committee and reshuffled the AICC last Sunday, a day before eight senior leaders were inducted into the Manmohan Singh cabinet with an eye on putting together a team ahead of the assembly polls in Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram due by the year-end and the 2014 general elections.
“Rahul Gandhi’s stamp is clearly visible in the party reshuffle but its impact in terms of electoral gains remains to be seen,” Zoya Hasan, who teaches political science at Jawaharlal Nehru University.