On the call from senior Congress general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi to fix 65 to 70 years as teh age limit for holding active posts in the party, the other leaders responded differently. Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh found agreeing on the remarks, saying this is the time for a major change in the organizational structure while former Union minister said alone age cannot be the benchmark.
“Historically, the Congress has always encouraged younger people to come at crucial places. So, I will be the happiest man if the generational change takes place as early as possible,” said Digvijaya Singh.
Mr Singh added, “We cannot fight as a political party unless we give enough opportunity to the younger people. At the same time, we must accommodate and open up our organisation at every level. In modern management parlance, succession management is something which all organisations must practice. Therefore, it is high time that there is a major change in the organisational structure of the Congress party”.
Mr Singh said, “Jawaharlal Nehru and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad became Congress presidents at the age of 38 and 36 respectively. Indira Gandhi became AICC president at the age of 40. I was made PCC president at 38. We have always encouraged youth in the Congress party”.
Anand Sharma, disagreeing on the view, said, “When it comes to leadership, it has to be the ability to serve, acceptance and commitment… The benchmark cannot be only age. It would include other factors. Everybody believes in generational changes. It is a natural process. But you do not do it in a regimented manner”.