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Monday, 7 September 2020

Congress announces seven committees for UP 2022 polls; excludes leaders who had signed dissenting letter

The Congress on Sunday announced seven committees for the state of Uttar Pradesh, but left out key party leaders who had recently criticised the party's functioning. The announcement has come well ahead of the elections in the key Hindi heartland state, scheduled to be held in 2022.

Leaders such as Jitin Prasada and Raj Babbar, who were signatories to a letter to party chief Sonia Gandhi for a re-haul of the organisation, have failed to find a place in the new committees.

Former Union minister RPN Singh is another senior leader who has not found a berth in any of the committees. India Today has quoted a party source as saying that he may have been ignored for having aired his difference of opinion over the party’s strategy on Chinese incursions during a party meeting a couple of months ago.

On the other hand, those who denounced the letter writers in the "Group of 23" like Nirmal Khatri and Naseeb Pathan have found places in the panels.

The committees that have been announced in view of the Uttar Pradesh elections are the manifesto committee, outreach committee, membership committee, programme implementation committee, training and cadre development committee, Panchayati Raj election committee and media and communication advisory committee.

Salman Khurshid, PL Punia among leaders picked

While Salman Khurshid, PL Punia, Aradhana Misra, Supriya Shrinate, Vivek Bansal and Amitabh Dubey are in the manifesto committee, those in the outreach committee include Pramod Tiwari, Pradip Jain, Gajraj Singh, Naseemuddin Siddiqui, Imran Masood and Bal Kumar Patel.

Those in the membership committee are Anugrah Narayan Singh, Ajay Kapoor, BL Khabri, Mohd Muqeem, former MP Kamal Kishore "Commando" and former Varanasi MLA Ajay Rai.

The media and communication advisory committee has Rashid Alvi, Lalitesh Pati Tripathi, Akhilesh Pratap Singh, Surendra Rajput, Omkar Singh and Virendra Madan. The UPPCC president and the CLP leader will be ex-officio members of all the committees, an official communication from the party said.

The Congress has already begun the process of consultations for preparing the manifesto, according to a report in The Indian Express. The report has quoted sources as saying that the first consultation was held in Kanpur in January and some 48 organisations had participated in the meeting.

The Congress has been suffering a string of setbacks in Uttar Pradesh in recent years. In the 2017 Assembly polls, it won only seven seats despite allying with the Samajwadi Party. The party won two seats in the state in the 2014 Lok Sabha election and one seat in the 2019 election. In 2019, former party president Rahul Gandhi had lost the traditional party bastion of Amethi to the BJP's Smriti Irani.

Dissenting voices in party

Last month, twenty-three senior Congress leaders, including chief ministers, sitting MPs and former Union ministers, had written to interim party chief Sonia Gandhi calling for sweeping changes in the organisation.

The letter had called for full time and effective leadership, visible and active in the field, elections to the Congress Working Committee (CWC) and an “institutional leadership mechanism” aimed at the party’s revival.

Further, on Sunday, nine expelled Congress leaders wrote to party president Sonia Gandhi, asking her to "rise above the affinity for the family (parivaar ke moh)" and run the organisation by establishing mutual trust and restoring the constitutional and democratic values.

In the letter dated 2 September and addressed to Sonia, the nine Congress leaders, including former MP Santosh Singh and former minister Satyadev Tripathi, said Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi built the Congress and the country with democratic values.

But it's ironical that for some time, the way in which the party is being run, there is confusion ("asmanjas") and depression ("avsaad") among the ordinary Congress worker, they added.

The leaders had been expelled from the primary membership of the Congress on 24 November last year for six years for allegedly tarnishing the party''s image and opposing its leadership''s decisions at public forums.

With inputs from PTI

September 07, 2020 at 12:58PM

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