Ex-president of the Youth Congress moves court on internal party polls

Barely two weeks after the Congressional Working Committee (CWC) announced an elaborate timetable for organizational polls, a former leader of the Youth Congress asked the Delhi High Court to order the Indian Election Commission (ECI ) to regulate the internal polls of all political parties.

And on Thursday, the court issued a notice to the ECI after hearing the public interest litigation (PIL) plea from C Rajashekharan, former secretary general of the Indian Youth Congress (IYC).

The petitioner, who is now a senior lawyer, argued that most internal polls were “eye wash” and most parties were “feudal” in character.

“It is suggested that, although most political parties provide for elections through provisions, said elections are often an eye-catcher for the political families established within said parties to continue to retain power as leader of said party …. The continued sidelining of the political process has been made possible due to the lack of regulatory oversight and uniform standards of internal democracy applied to political parties, ”says the plea.

Talk to The Hindu, the petitioner insisted that his PID was not targeting any particular party, in particular Congress.

Advocacy of the reformists of the G-23

Asked to comment on his plea coinciding with the demand for transparent internal ballots by the group of 23 reformists in Congress (G-23), he stressed: “I raised the issue of internal democracy and transparent organizational votes long before the G-23 ”.

Mr Rajashekharan, who had worked with G-23 leaders like Manish Tewari in the Youth Congress, said: “This is my second PIL, as I am determined to launch the second wave of democratic reforms.”

“I am no longer associated with any party but I want to clean up the system. Only the courts can do this and ensure internal democracy in political parties. I am not a communist but I must admit that only left-wing parties organize their intra-party elections in a democratic way, ”he declared.

Mr. Rajashekharan, who commutes between Chennai and Delhi, observed that the trigger for the PIL filing was the “rush” among people to register political parties and resort to crowdsourcing.

“The rules for registering a political party are quite strict but once the registration is done there are enough provisions in the rules that can be used as loopholes,” noted Mr. Rajashekharan, who was also associated with a few parties. regions in Tamil Nadu. .