This is how elections in Congress happen
Elections were held for the post of Congress President twice in the last three decades. In 1997, Sharad Pawar and Rajesh Pilot had filed against Sitaram Kesari, where Kesari won. While Kesari got 6,224 votes, Pawar got 882 and Pilot got 354 votes. Voting for the second time came in 2000, when Sonia Gandhi was challenged by veteran leader Jitendra Prasad from within the Congress. In that election, where Sonia Gandhi got 7,448 votes, Prasad got a total of 94 votes.
Elections twice in 3 decades
Who handles the post of Congress President in case of emergency?
According to the party constitution, the responsibility of handling the day-to-day affairs of the post of the president vacated by the death or sudden resignation of the incumbent in an emergency falls on the shoulders of the most senior general secretary of the organization. Meanwhile, the CWC jointly chooses the working president, who heads the party until the next full-time president is elected. This process takes about six months to a year. Almost the same situation in front of the party came after the sudden resignation of Rahul Gandhi in 2019, when the CWC unanimously appointed Sonia Gandhi as working president after Rahul did not withdraw his resignation. The ongoing process of organization elections in Congress is to be completed in the coming September-October. In the recent CWC, there was talk of completing it sometime ahead of schedule. It starts with a membership drive.
What’s going on in Congress right now?
At present, the membership drive is going on in the party, which will continue till March 31. After its completion, booth committee and block committee are formed. Then the district committee is formed. The Block Committee-Booth Committee together elect the representatives of the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC). One representative is elected from each block. A Central Congress Committee representative or AICC delegate is elected for every eight PCCs. The ratio of AICC and PCC is one-eight. The President of the State Congress Committee and the President of the National Party are elected by the votes of the PCC Delegates. Whereas the Congress Working Committee is elected by the voting of AICC representatives. During the organization elections held in 2017, where the number of PCCs was 9,000, the number of AICC delegates was 1500.
How is CWC formed?
Each new president forms his own Congress Working Committee (CWC), which consists of 12 elected members, and nominates 11 members. But usually the CWC member is elected by the chairman. Apart from the Speaker, this committee consists of the leader of the party in Parliament and other members. To contest for the post of President, a person needs the support of 10 PCC delegates as a proposer. After the completion of the election process, the party calls its session, where the President’s post is formally announced and the CWC is elected.
Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi