Congress revamp: Sonia provides quietus to dissent

Aditi Tandon

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 12

Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s Friday act of restructuring the occasion has given a quietus to the latest dissent in her ranks, in addition to delivering a snub to the ginger group that sought election to all occasion posts.

Clearing manner for Rahul

  • Most of the brand new appointees owe allegiance to Rahul Gandhi
  • The restructuring lays the bottom for his return, as and when he chooses
  • Though three of the 23 leaders who wrote to Sonia on occasion overhaul have been accommodated within the revamp, their key calls for haven’t been met

Time to evaluate public temper

The adjustments bear the Sonia Gandhi imprint and sign a stability of expertise, loyalty and youthful vitality. The litmus take a look at for the Congress, nonetheless, is to precisely assess the general public temper and catch the individuals’s creativeness by way of transformative management. – Ashwani Kumar, Former Law Minister

The restructuring lays the bottom for the return of former occasion president Rahul Gandhi, as and when he chooses, with nearly all of new appointees proudly owning allegiance to him.

Though three of the 23 leaders who lately wrote to Sonia on occasion overhaul have been accommodated within the revamp, their key calls for haven’t been met.

Dissenters had sought election to the highly effective Congress Working Committee (CWC), however Sonia selected to go by the previous conference of nominations for every of the 57 members of the reconstituted panel, which has 22 common and 26 everlasting members and 9 particular invitees. Second, the ginger group wished the defunct Congress Parliamentary Board reconstituted, however it has not occurred. Sonia has as an alternative shaped a particular six-member committee for help until the subsequent AICC session. Mukul Wasnik, one of many letter signatories, has been named within the panel, which is in any other case dominated by Sonia loyalists Ahmed Patel, AK Antony, Ambika Soni, Randeep Surjewala and KC Venugopal. The return of former Railway Minister Pawan Bansal to key roles is being seen as a sign to Anandpur Sahib MP Manish Tewari, who has all the time coveted the Chandigarh LS nomination and has been Bansal’s rival within the Chandigarh politics.

In a high-quality balancing act, Sonia has additionally ensured a good mixture of veterans and kids throughout occasion constructions, in order that the generational shift occurs below the watch of skilled palms. Younger leaders have been most popular for strenuous occasion positions, together with these of basic secretaries and in fees the place the expectation is to attach with the lots and the rank and file. The common CWC continues to be dominated by veterans.

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