Rahul hears grievances of Congress secretaries

Last Updated: Fri, Feb 01, 2013 20:37 hrs

New Delhi: It was fireworks again at a Congress meeting today as Rahul Gandhi heard the grievances of party seceretaries who expressed unhappiness over their "subordinate" status and their being left out from key party work.

The meeting saw some senior leaders coming under fire from the juniors and the younger lot besides urgent calls for serious introspection and corrective measures.

Sanjay Bapna and several other secretaries said the responsibilities of AICC secretaries should be clearly defined so that accountablity could be fixed.

Mirza Irsahd Beg and others said the secretaries were the most travelled lot reaching the grassroots and their expertise and experience needed to be utilized by the party for its benefit.

Beg rued that despite being a secretary for more than a decade, he has not been given any major task.

Demanding that the responsibilites of AICC secretaries should be clearly defined, he rued that he was not called even once for such a meeting in the past, which prompted Rahul to say "I will call all of you again and again".

It was also pointed out that some of the secretaries have not been given responsibility for any state. Their complaint was similar to that of Ministers of States some time back that they are not given key responsibilities by the cabinet Ministers.

Fresh from the defeat in Gujarat assembly elections, AICC secretary in-charge for the state Ashok Tanwar, a leader from the Rahul brigade, rued that the cadres of Youth Congress were "directionless" in the state and could not be properly utilised during the elections.

"We prepared Youth Congress cadres there with great effort. But they did not have clearly defined work to do during the elections," he said.

AICC in-charge for Gujarat Mohan Prakash was also present at the closed-door meeting.

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