Congress veteran Ghulam Nabi Azad, essentially the most outstanding of the “dissent” letter writers seen to have questioned the management of the Gandhis, has misplaced his submit in a serious shake-up seen to advertise Rahul Gandhi’s squad. Ghulam Nabi Azad has been dropped as a basic secretary although he stays part of the Congress Working Committee, the social gathering’s prime decision-making panel.
Motilal Vora, Ambika Soni and Mallikarjun Kharge have additionally been eliminated as basic secretaries of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) within the Friday shuffle by Congress president Sonia Gandhi. The Congress Working Committee (CWC) has been reconstituted and P Chidambaram, Tariq Anwar, Randeep Surjewala, and Jitendra Singh have been named as its common members.
Randeep Singh Surjewala, a Rahul Gandhi loyalist, is among the many greatest gainers of the shuffle. He has been named basic secretary accountable for Karnataka, a member of the particular committee to supervise organizational adjustments and he stays chief spokesperson. Like him, KC Venugopal can also be a member of most committees. One other member of Group Rahul, Jitendra Singh, is now accountable for Assam.
Tariq Anwar, who give up the Congress together with Sharad Pawar and PA Sangma over Sonia Gandhi’s international origin however returned earlier than the nationwide election final 12 months, has additionally been made basic secretary accountable for Kerala, the place elections are due subsequent 12 months.
The reshuffle comes a month after a gaggle of 23 social gathering leaders, in a shocking act of revolt, wrote a letter to Sonia Gandhi calling for an overhaul of the social gathering, inside elections and a “full-time, seen management”. The letter additionally advised that the Gandhi household would all the time be part of collective decision-making.
In a token transfer, one other chief who was among the many letter-writers, Mukul Wasnik, has been made a basic secretary accountable for Madhya Pradesh.
Mukul Wasnik has additionally been named among the many six leaders who’re to “help the Congress president in organizational and operational issues as expressed by her within the CWC assembly on August 24”. The others are AK Antony, Ahmed Patel, Ambika Soni, KC Venugopal and Randeep Singh Surjwala. This particular committee is the one signal of any affect of the dissent letter, which cut up the social gathering down the center and left the letter writers remoted within the social gathering. The signatories are reportedly sad with what they consider are “beauty adjustments” within the social gathering.
Jitin Prasada, one other signatory to the letter, has been moved from Uttar Pradesh as in-charge of Bengal, the place elections are due subsequent 12 months. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra stays the overall secretary accountable for UP.
The dissent letter was seen to be a veiled assault on the Gandhis, particularly Rahul Gandhi, who give up as president final 12 months over the Congress’s election defeat. Over the previous few months, the Congress has been sharply divided with the veterans ranged in opposition to what is thought to be Rahul Gandhi’s core group, which is rooting for his return to the highest job.
Mr Azad and different signatories to the letter have been attacked as “traitors” on the August 24 assembly of the CWC, during which each Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi have been current.
The assembly ended with the Congress declaring that Sonia Gandhi would stay interim chief till an AICC session within the subsequent six months. It was reportedly additionally determined that the social gathering would study the grievances of the letter writers. The particular committee introduced at this time is supposed to handle that promise.