Ranchi: All India Congress Committee general secretary and in-charge of Jharkhand BK Hari Prasad today warned party leaders against running a parallel ‘programme’ in the party.
Prasad warned Rajya Sabha MP and party leader Pradip Balmuchu and another party leader Dhiraj Prasad Sahu against organizing any party programme without the permission of the party higher-ups. He said the party will also take strict action against other party leaders for organizing such programme in Orissa.
Speaking to scribes after attending the meeting of the state working committee of the party on Thursday, Prasad said no leader of the party was allowed to organize any programme without obtaining prior consent or permission of the state and district committee president. The state leaders will have to take permission of the state president, he said.
“We will take stringent action against any party member who violates the code of conduct set by the party. Indiscipline will not be tolerated irrespective of the stature of the person,” Prasad said.
The state in-charge said any member could take their complaint to the party president Sonia Gandhi. But no party member should allow issues of the party to go out in the public.
Prasad said it had been decided by Sonia Gandhi that 20 per cent of seats in the party’s committee will be reserved for Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Other Backward Caste while 33 per cent seats will be reserved for women.
Many suggestions have been received by the party regarding the newly-formed state working committee, Prasad said.
The state Congress in-charge said that the party had already decided that 10 Lok Sabha seats will be contested by Congress while Jharkhand Mukti Morcha will contest on the remaining 4 seats. The state president of Congress party Sukhdev Bhagat has been asked to decide names of candidates on all seats.
He further said that a committee had been formed under the chairmanship of AK Anthony to decide if Rashtriya Janata Party is to be given a place in the pre-poll alliance by the party.
He said the state working committee had discussed preparations for Lok Sabha elections in its first meeting of this year.