Calcutta, Sept. 6: The Bengal Congress will start overhauling the organisation from month-end in order to strengthen it ahead of the Lok Sabha polls next year.
AICC sources said that half a dozen district presidents and over 100 party leaders steering the block-level organisation would be replaced by new faces.
Several of those at the helm of the party’s frontal organisations such as the minority department, women’s cell and Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes cell, would also be replaced.
“Those found to be non-performers at the district and block-level organisations and in our frontal organisations would be replaced by more dynamic party people,” an AICC leader associated with the organisation of Bengal, told The Telegraph tonight over phone from Delhi.
That the Congress high command is serious about Bengal’s organisational affairs was evident from the party’s all-India vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s recent one-on-one with three leaders from the state — Sabina Yasmin from Malda, Ghulam Rabbani from North Dinajpur and Syed Siraj Zimi from Birbhum.
“Instead of the state Congress president or the PCC key office-bearers, Rahulji preferred to discuss the organisational matters with three grassroots leaders from Bengal. This is indicative of the high command’s new found interest in Bengal,” the AICC leader said.
Sabina, former junior minister and party MLA from Mothabari in Malda, said she had suggested to the Congress vice-president during a one-on-one with him on August 31 that a mechanism has to be in place “to ensure regular visits of senior leaders to every block and district”.
“I told Rahulji that there is a growing disconnect between those at the helm of party affairs and those residing at the grassroots. This disconnect could be minimised only our leaders pay a regular visit to party workers either in the districts or in the blocks,” she said on her return to Calcutta.
Zimi, who is also Birbhum district Congress president, recounted that he had given an idea to Rahulju during a one-on-one with him on August 19 that the party leaders above 33 years of age could be assigned to oversee the organisational affairs in the districts.
“I tried to impress upon Rahulji that those party leaders above 33 years of age are not accommodated in the Youth Congress. These middle-aged leaders could be assigned organisational responsibilities in the districts,” he said.
The two leaders and Rabbani, a Congress MLA from North Dinajpur, also discussed at length with the Congress vice-president how to reach out the minority people “by consistently propagating the Union government’s schemes for the welfare of the minorities”.
State Congress president and MP Pradip Bhattacharya, camping in the capital to attend the Parliament session, said tonight that some changes would be made in the coming weeks as part of revamping the organisation.