The AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi today asked the Himachal congress leaders to close ranks and forge unity to win the assembly elections slated later this year.
Giving a clarion call to the party activists to remain united to oust the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Himachal Pradesh, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi Monday said here that those who put in hard work would be promoted.
“Those who put in hard work would be promoted. In the ticket distribution, youth Congress members, block and district presidents will have more say,” Gandhi, who reached here on a two-day visit in the afternoon, said while addressing the party activists at various meetings.
He said those who just tried to grab the party ticket at the last minute or at somebody’s behest would not be tolerated. “There is no space for paratroopers in the party.” Gandhi, who was with his core team, called for better coordination between the juniors (block and district presidents) and seniors (elected representatives).
Addressing legislators and senior party functionaries, Gandhi said there was no place for factionalism and asked them to sink their differences and prepare a roadmap for the elections.
He also advised the senior leaders of state Congress to pay heed to the grievances of activists who were the real force of organisation.
“Jointly work out a strategy to bring the party back to power. If you want to sit in the opposition for the next five years, be ready for that also,” the Congress Young Turk said without mincing any word.
“The common worker was more important in the party than big leaders. So it was necessary for them to give due importance to them, otherwise these big leaders have to sit in the oppostion” Gandhi said.
In a interaction session with the block president and district presidents, Gandhi said that every worker should have a dream to become the chief minister.
At the meeting of the legislators, former union minister Virbhadra Singh , Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma, state president, Kual Singh Thakur, Leader of the opposition in Himachal Assembly Vidya Stokes and others were also present.
The hill state is due for assembly polls in this year. During his six-hour long without break meetings, he also interacted with activists of the National Students Union of India and gave them a pep talk.
Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi is on two days Himachal tour to gauge the party’s preparedness.
On Tuesday, the Congress general secretary will meet the office-bearers of the Indian Youth Congress who have been elected to the state assembly and the Lok Sabha.
Former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh reiterate that the charges against him were false and a fabricated and he would come out clean. “The charges against me are false and concocted and I will come out clean but it will take some time”, he said. He said that would honestly discharge his duties as head of the campaign committee and ensure victory of Congress in next assembly polls.