Sonia drops 5 gen secys

Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, September 11

Congress president Sonia Gandhi right this moment revamped the social gathering organisation, dropping 5 senior basic secretaries, together with Ghulam Nabi Azad and Motilal Vora, reconstituting the working committee and forming a brand new five-member panel to help her.

Dissenters accommodated

  • Mukul Wasnik, Jitin Prasada, and Arvinder Lovely

  • Harish Rawat replaces Asha Kumari as Punjab in cost

  • Newcomer Vivek Bansal made Haryana in cost

The adjustments come shut on the heels of 23 leaders writing to Sonia looking for that the social gathering be overhauled. Sonia right this moment accommodated some members of the ginger group — Mukul Wasnik, Jitin Prasada and Arvinder Lovely — whereas leaving Kapil Sibal and Manish Tewari within the chilly, for now.

Although Sonia retained letter writers Azad and Anand Sharma within the CWC, she sacked Azad as basic secretary in-charge of Haryana, appointing newcomer Vivek Bansal in his place. The basic secretaries who’ve been dropped are Azad, Motilal Vora, Ambika Soni, Mallikarjun Kharge and Luizinho Faleiro.

Wasnik, who was a signatory to the controversial letter, has been made basic secretary, Madhya Pradesh, whereas Harish Rawat is the brand new basic secretary for Punjab, changing earlier state in cost Asha Kumari.

Rahul aides dominate

  • Digvijay, Ramesh, Khurshid and Pramod Tewari everlasting invitees

  • Of 26 everlasting invitees to CWC, 11 ‘close’ to Rahul

  • Among 22 common CWC members, Venugopal, Surjewala, Maken, Jitendra & Meena a part of Rahul camp

  • Among 9 particular invitees, seven are leaders who have been first promoted by Rahul

  • Of 17 new AICC in cost, 12 owe allegiance to Rahul

AICC media head Randeep Surjewala has been promoted as AICC basic secretary, Karnataka, made a daily CWC member and is amongst 5 leaders who will help Sonia in organisational issues. The different panel members are AK Antony, Ahmed Patel, Ambika Soni and KC Venugopal.

Rahul Gandhi’s aides — Surjewala, Venugopal, Ajay Maken, Jitendra Singh — have bagged basic secretary berths alongside Priyanka Vadra (UP), Oommen Chandy (Andhra Pradesh) and Tariq Anwar (Kerala). His aides additionally dominate the in cost listing — Punjab MLA Kuljit Nagra (Sikkim, Nagaland, Tripura), Rajeev Satav (Gujarat, Dadra Nagar Haveli), Rajeev Shukla (Himachal Pradesh), Manickam Tagore (Telangana) and Rajni Patil (Jammu and Kashmir).

Former Railway Minister Pawan Bansal is now basic secretary (Administration), changing Vora, and likewise a everlasting CWC invitee. P Chidambaram has been made a daily member as a substitute of everlasting alongside aspect Tariq Anwar, Surjewala and Jitendra Singh.

Sonia has dropped 4 Vora, Faleiro, Adhir Ranjan and Tamradhwaj Sahu as common CWC members, shifting Adhir as a everlasting invitee to the CWC.

Gainers from area

  • Surjewala: Made basic secretary, Karnataka; CWC common member; On panel to help Sonia
  • Pawan Bansal: Returns as basic secretary (Admn), changing Vora; made CWC everlasting invitee
  • Harish Rawat: Made gen secy, Punjab, changing Asha Kumari
  • Kuljit Nagra: Made CWC everlasting invitee & AICC answerable for Sikkim, Nagaland

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