Panaji: He being a grass root worker, the newly appointed Congress State President Girish Chodankar wants party to recognize its booth-level workers, who work selflessly to strengthen the party.
Chodankar, a core member of INC Rahul Gandhi working team, on Friday took over as party president by succeeding Shantaram Naik.
National leaders like Former MP Milind Deora, AICC secretary Amit Deshmukh, Goa desk in-charge Dr Chellakumar were present for the ceremony, which saw presence of party MLAs, senior congress leaders, Mahila Congress, NSUI members and other workers.
Chodankar, who believes that growth of party is at its root, said that it’s high time that party lays focus on its grass root workers rather than on the leaders, who are into party just for the sake of becoming MLAs or for some position. “The grass root workers are working selflessly for the party and now it’s time we recognize their hard work,” he said.
“We have to bring these grass root workers together …bring them close to party…will make them the face of party,” he said during the gathering which was attended by larger number of party workers.
He also emphasized the need to bring in discipline in the party- a concept which has been missing from the national party’s functioning for decades.
Chodankar said that there is need to impart education amongst the party workers on the Congress Constitution and its ideology. “If you are not aware about party’s Constitution and ideology then there is no point being in party,” he said.
Chodankar also believes that ‘winning people and promoting grass root party workers is more important than winning a election or becoming an MLA’.
“Let us focus on winning people and not elections. If we manage to win people..if we manage to stand by people in their demands..we can win elections overnight. Let us work for the people 365 days and not just at time of election,” the new President urged his workers.