The party wants to create a strong second rung generation of leaders who can work at the grassroots level.
In an attempt to revive itself after the massive defeat in the Lok Sabha polls the Congress is following the footsteps of Aam Aadmi Party which had groomed new leaders possessing leadership qualities. Congress will emulate the strategy followed by AAP by inviting application from the eligible candidates who can carry forward the party’s ideology, philosophies and principles. The party wants to create a strong second rung generation of leaders who can work at the grass roots level and interact with the masses. These leaders can then actively work for the party and start campaigning ahead of the assembly election. Applications have been invited from candidates across the state. The assembly polls are likely to be held in October.
The Maharashtra Congress Pradesh Committee (MPCC) has forwarded a letter to all District Congress Committees asking them create awareness among people about this process. Candidates who are interested can submit their applications.
Talking to AV, Manikrao Thakre, Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee President said, “We want to induct educated and capable youth in the party and have invited applications from eligible candidates. We will interview candidates will groom them to contest the assembly polls. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply.”
Candidates will be selected on the basis of their political awareness, education and leadership qualities. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed.
“Applications are being invited for all the 174 seats. Selection procedure will be fair. Through this manner the honest candidates will receive an opportunity to lead the nation and make a difference” Thakre, further added.
The Committee is examining a list of constituencies where it can make its debut in the assembly elections.
Application forms will be available at the district Congress office. Interested candidates can forward their applications to the MPCC office at Tilak Bhavan. The deadline for candidates to file applications is set till 11th August, 2014.
AAP had earlier adopted the same strategy to induct capable youth for the Delhi assembly election. The party had reaped its benefits in the assembly polls but failed to replicated it in the Lok Sabha election. The party had failed to open its account in Maharashtra as people lost their confidence in the party after Arvind Kejriwal stepped down from the post of Delhi Chief Minister.