Karti Chidambaram, son of former Union finance minister P Chidambaram, took to Twitter on Saturday to suggest electing Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) chiefs through a defined electoral college. He proposed a voting process by Congress MPs, MLAs, former MPs and MLAs, the All India Congress Committee, existing PCCs and local body elected members.
His tweet reads, “Its time State Units elect PCC Chiefs through a defined electoral college MP, MLA xMP xMLA AICC PCC Local Body elected members @INCIndia (sic)”.
Its time State Units elect PCC Chiefs through a defined electoral college MP, MLA xMP xMLA AICC PCC Local Body elected members @INCIndia
— Karti P Chidambaram (@KartiPC) July 23, 2016
Currently, PCC chiefs are chosen by the party leadership.
During the 2014 General Elections, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi tried to implement a democratic and competitive method, termed “primaries”, to distribute tickets to candidates. 15 constituencies were reportedly chosen from various states for party members to cast internal votes and elect a candidate. However, none of the candidates from these constituencies won the election. It was seen as a method to empower the grassroot workers. There were members who resisted the move like Kapil Sibal and Krishna Tirath.
Karti Chidambaram’s suggestion is to put an end to the high-command culture, and bring in a democratic process.