New Delhi, Jan 31: Rahul Gandhi today held his first formal meeting with AICC office bearers here after taking over as Congresss Vice President, which saw demands for bringing in discipline and cohesiveness in the party’s functioning.
In his opening remarks, Rahul Gandhi insisted on a “frank and open” discussion.
Sources said that the meeting saw a large number of members raising the issue of indiscipline in the party saying this is turning out to be a major problem during elections.
Some leaders expressed annoyance by the “practice of few” to cross the party’s official line while commenting on issues.
Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, who doubles up AICC general secretary in-charge of Andhra Pradesh said that one- man-one-post should be implemented in the party.
After the meeting was over, Rahul Gandhi told reporters that the discussions were on “general issues and “very good” and that he “just heard out what people had to say”.
Since the discussion could not be completed, the meeting will continue tomorrow as well.
AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said that a total of 19 persons including Rahul Gandhi spoke in the meeting, which was attended by 52 of 57 persons including AICC general secretaries, AICC secretaries, in-charges of states and chiefs of all the frontal wings of the party, who were invited.
“Rahul Gandhi said that he wanted all leaders to speak out their mind openly and not hide anything. He said that if we want to strengthen the party, it is necessary that we put forth views frankly and truthfully,” Dwivedi told reporters after the meeting.
Gandhi told the leaders that the party has to look to future now. “I want to know your opinion on how to traverse the path ahead,” he said.
Other leaders, who spoke included Ahmed Patel, Motilal Vora, Oscar Fernandes, Mohsina Kidwai, Digvijay Singh, Mukul Wasnik, Madhusudan Mistri, B K Hariprasad, Chaudhary Bireder Singh, Shakeel Ahmed, Mohan Prakash and Jagdish Tytler and Luizinho Faleiro.