Struggling to figure out how to revamp the Congress party after serial electoral losses, party vice president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday asked central leaders to go down to the block-level and obtain feedback from the workers on what they want.
According to sources, Rahul asked AICC general secretaries and heads of frontal organisations like the Youth Congress and Mahila Congress to hold consultations with party workers at the block level and come back in two months with a compilation of issues on which there is maximum consensus.
These reports would then be dovetailed with the dossiers that Rahul has prepared over the past several weeks of consulting over 200 senior leaders across the country on what went wrong with the Congress and the way ahead.
Congress spokesperson Shakeel Ahmad said Rahul asked the senior leaders to hold consultations with the state and district leaders. According to Ahmad, Rahul also told party veterans to focus on reconnecting with the people and explain the party’s ideology given a resurgent rightwing party like the BJP.
The meeting is significant as it came a day after the Congress lost the Assembly polls in Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir.
The electoral reverses in these two states are part of a series which began in May when the Congress came down from 206 Lok Sabha seats in 2009 to just 44 seats. In October, the party had lost the Maharashtra and Haryana Assembly polls.
In the past six months, leaders and workers in the Congress have been waiting for a reshuffle which will reflect a new attitude of the grand old party.