On Saturday, Congress president Rahul Gandhi announced that state unite heads of the party will not be changed as of now. The regional Congress party committees will continue with their posts. Previously, a resolution had been passed by the state units of Congress party to nominate state presidents. But Rahul Gandhi’s announcement signalled that he was in no hurry for a reshuffle. As per the report of Indian Express, Rahul may wait till the AICC plenary to go ahead with the organisational changes. The dates for the AICC plenary are yet to be announced.
AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi announced Rahul Gandhi has decided not to make any changes for now. He said, “Rahul Gandhi has taken a decision that presidents of all Congress committees across states, regional Congress committees and territorial Congress committees will continue in their posts after the organisational elections also unless some decision is taken to replace them.”
Rahul Gandhi was elected as the Congress president unopposed in organisational elections of the party last month.
The expectation was that presidents of several states, including Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala and Odisha, would be changed soon. Now it has become clear that Rahul will continue the practice of effecting piecemeal changes.
Meanwhile, Congress is yet to take a decision on leadership change in Madhya Pradesh. Rahul Gandhi had reappointed Bhupesh Baghel as president of Chhattisgarh Congress. T S Singhdeo is also expected to continue as leader of the opposition. Chhattisgarh will observe the assembly elections later this year.
Two working PCC presidents, Ram Dayal Uike and Shiv Dahariya, were also added. Under Rahul Gandhi’s rule, the appointment of working presidents has become a norm in the Congress.
Specific committees have also been created with the elections in mind. Charandas Mahant, widely regarded as a CM hopeful with Baghel and Singhdeo, has been given charge of a 33-member Election Campaign Committee, while the 13-member manifesto committee will be chaired by Singhdeo.
Meanwhile, on January 6, Congress president Rahul Gandhi appointed Sharmistha Mukherjee as the new chief of the Delhi Mahila Congress. Gandhi also approved the name of Zaidami Tripura as the Mahila Congress chief for poll-bound Tripura state. Sharmistha, daughter of former president Pranab Mukherjee, is currently the chief spokesperson for the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee.