GUWAHATI, Jan 12 – The size of the participants in the Congress party’s ‘Pratarana Birodhi Divas’ at the Khanapara Veterinary College playground here on Saturday has made the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) elated. It claimed that the number of participants was around 60,000.
APCC organization and administration in-charge Dr Haren Das said in a statement here that the mammoth gathering of the Congressmen and Congress supporters in the mass rally clearly indicated that the party is back on the track. “About 60,000 people from all corners of the State took part in the rally and this has injected new blood in the State’s Congress organisation,” he added.
He further said that in fact, since December 11, 2014 when the APCC observed the ‘Anti-BJP Day’ to protest the series of betrayals by the BJP-led Central Government, the Congress has been on the upbeat. “It is an indication of the fact that Anjan Dutta as the new APCC president has added a new spark to the Congress,” he said, adding, since his assumption of office, Dutta has launched a number of programmes to galvanise the party.
He informed that the APCC has also decided to observe the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on January 30 as the ‘Booth Committee Day’. On that day, party meetings would be held in all the 24,240 booths of the State simultaneously at 9:30 am. After the meeting, the members of the party’s booth committees would visit all the families belonging to the areas under their respective booths to enrol them as members of the party. This campaign will continue till February 28.
“Such programmes undertaken by the APCC are unique in India. The ‘house-to-house’ visit by the Congressmen for enrolling new members would narrow the gap between the party and the people at the grassroots level, Dr Das said.
He ridiculed the BJP for its ludicrous drive to enroll members through ‘missed calls’. Like the marriages arranged through missed calls, such membership drives are also bound to end in disasters, he warned.