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Congress party's Chintan Shivir and Kamaraj Plan

Congress party's Chintan Shivir and Kamaraj Plan

The resolutions of the Congress party's Chintan Shivir held in Rajasthan is seen as a replica of the Kamaraj Plan brought by the late Kamarajar in 1960. 
What are the commonalities between the Kamaraj Plan and Chintan  Shivir?  After pushing hard to get his plan approved for nine years, the former Chief Minister of Tamilnadu handed over the post to Bakthavachalam. Lal Bahadur Sastri, Morarji Desai, S.K Patel, and Jegajivanram are those who supported the Kamaraj Plan wholeheartedly and resigned their posts.

Several lakhs of youngsters joined the Congress inspired by the Kamaraj plan which was seen as a revolutionary. In fact, after 1960, Congress faced several crises yet the party remained lively because of the Kamaraj Plan , say political analysts. The party which ought to be seen highly as the Mount Everest is now a big question mark ridden with internal squabbles on one side and the old guards doesn't want to give up their posts to the younger generation. 

The country is best by several pressing problems like inflation, exorbitant price increase of cooking gas cylinders, an economic downturn due to demonetization, unemployment, etc. The Congress party which should expose the BJP's government's failures that led to these situations is in a pathetic state. It is in keeping all this in mind, that the Chintan shivir was organized in Udaipur in Rajasthan. One of the main suggestions mooted in the session was to reduce seats to contest in elections for people above 50 years by 50 percent. The retirement of senior leaders also came up for discussion. All these strikingly resemble the Kamaraj plan. 

At the Chintan Shivir, the "One family, One post" suggestion received support from many. Besides passing these resolutions it is important that they are put to practice. People must come forward to sacrifice their posts like Kamarajar. Only this will attract youngsters to join the party.Will the party leaders give life to the resolutions recorded on just paper? Let us wait and see.