Udaipur: Congress leader Sachin Pilot said that youngsters will have proportionate representation in the party. Parliamentary board has made critical decisions on youth in the organisation. A blueprint and roadmap will emerge after the three-day conclave gets over.
He said that over half of the party leaders are below 50 years of age. This will reflect in chief minister selection as well.
Pilot reiterated the need of "new and fresh energy" in the party. He backed 51-year-old former party president Rahul Gandhi to take over the reins again.
According to sources the conclave in Udaipur will focus on a time-bound and action-oriented reform process within the party. A key demand of a parliamentary board to enhance collective decision making is also being accepted.
According to party sources, measures such as reserving half of party jobs for those under 50, an active parliamentary board, and the "one family, one ticket" formula would likely be included in the declaration once the Chintan Shivir concludes. Congress also intends to set a maximum five-year term for organisational positions, with a three-year cooling-off period.
Around 400 leaders including Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, attended the Chintan Shivir.
Senior Congress leader Ajay Maken said there is complete unanimity on the one family, one ticket rule. He promised big organisational changes in the party after the conclave.
He said, "There's almost complete unanimity among panel members on the proposal that to ensure that party leaders don't give tickets to their kin or relatives without any work in the party, at least 5 yrs of prior work in the party will be required."
He said that any person who is holding the post continuously has to step down and a cooling period of three years in case that person comes back to the same post.