New Delhi: The grand old party is trying to stay afloat ahead upcoming assembly elections as it has been facing serious financial crunch. Congress’ post-2014 political marginalisation seems to have started taking its toll on the party as leaders have now started to send out SOS messages to its strongholds to tide over the crisis.
Since its fall out from the power post-UPA, fund mobilisation has become difficult for the party, which has been followed by a steady erosion in its political muscle nationally in contrast to the BJP’s rapid rise across states.
In the recent meetings held by the AICC, financial support is learnt to have been a key subject of discussion. While last month, top party authorities had also met with Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Punjab leaders including all the ministers in these state governments and some organisational members, separately.
Initially it was believed that the focus of these meetings was based on organisational matters like nomination of state presidents, but now it has been learnt that a big part of the interactions was regarding finance. The participants were briefed about the fund situation and asked to take ownership of the party finances. Organisational issues were also discussed.
“Finances have been a focus area during recent meetings,” revealed an AICC leader.
Meanwhile, the immediate concern for the Congress party is the upcoming assembly polls in five states; Kerala, Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. As per senior official the current batch of elections is bound to test the party’s management strength which has necessitated the calls to state functionaries for help.
What could be bothering the Congress currently can be its headquarter building in the capital which is under construction for sometime now.
Congress now is in power only in Punjab, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh while it is lurching on the brink in the poll-bound Puducherry. Though it is part of ruling coalitions in Maharashtra and Jharkhand, the focus here is mostly on the lead players in the alliances like Shiv Sena, NCP and JMM.
Raising political funding from the private donors also seems to be a tough call for the Congress as it depends largely on a party’s political strength and resilience. To do away with this problem, Congress reportedly plans to ask its elected representatives across the country for contributions.