Ghulam Nabi Azad Demands Election Within Congress Working Committee

Party will sit in the opposition for 50 years if elections don’t happen, warned the leader.

Ghulam Nabi Azad, the leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha, has said that the Congress will be forced to sit in the opposition for 50 more years if elections aren’t held for its Working Committee. Azad was one of the signatories in the recent letter that had created a furore in Congress on account of its criticism of the party’s workings. He has pitched elections to the Congress Working Committee and key organisational posts of State Chiefs, District Presidents and Block Presidents.

While speaking to a news agency, Azad said, “When you contest the election at least 51 per cent is with you and you contest the election against only 2 to 3 people within the party. A person who will get 51 per cent of votes will be elected. Others will get 10 or 15 per cent votes. The person who wins and get charge of the post of party president, it means that 51 per cent people are with him. The election has the benefit that when you fight elections, at least your party is 51 per cent behind you. Right now, the person who becomes president might not even have one per cent support. If CWC members are elected then they cannot be removed. So what is the problem.”

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