Congress membership requisites: No alcohol & drug, no criticism of social gathering in public

Anyone wishing to take up the first membership of the Congress should make a declaration of abstention from alcohol and medicines and provides an endeavor to by no means criticise the social gathering’s insurance policies and programmes in public boards.

According to the grand previous social gathering’s membership type, new members have to present a declaration that they won’t personal any property in extra of ceiling legal guidelines and can undertake duties together with “manual labour” prescribed by the social gathering.

“This is an old form and is part of our party constitution. And we expect all Congress members, including new ones, to follow these norms,” stated Madhusudan Mistry, the chairman of the Central Election Authority of the Congress.

The Congress will launch a membership drive on November 1 and it’ll proceed until March 31 subsequent yr earlier than organisational elections.

The election of the brand new Congress president shall be held between August 21 and September 20 subsequent yr, based on a schedule permitted by the Congress Working Committee, the best decision-making physique of the social gathering.

The social gathering has convened a gathering on October 26 to debate the modalities of the membership drive and different points.

The membership type lists a 10-point declaration for these desirous to turn out to be its members.

“I am a habitual wearer of certified Khadi; I abstain from alcoholic drinks and intoxicant drugs; I neither believe in nor practise social discrimination in any shape or form and undertake to work for its removal; I believe in an integrated society without distinction of religion or caste; I undertake to perform minimum tasks including manual labour as may be prescribed by the Working Committee; I do not own any property in excess of ceiling laws” are among the many undertakings a brand new Congress member should give.

A member may even need to state that “I subscribe to and work for promoting the principles of secularism, socialism and democracy. I shall not, directly or indirectly, openly or otherwise, adversely criticise the accepted policies and programmes of the party, except through party forums.” As a part of the membership type, the Congress has stated that its goal is the welfare and progress of all Indians and the social gathering has the target to ascertain a socialist state by peaceable and constitutional means, which relies on parliamentary democracy.

The Congress additionally seeks to ascertain a regime the place there’s equality in alternatives and financial, political and social rights and goals to carry world peace and common brotherhood in society, as per the brand new membership type.