Congress’ four-time MP from Madhya Pradesh, Jyotiraditya Scindia, has emerged as the first preference in the race for the position of new parliamentary party leader in Lok Sabha – the role was being filled by Mallikarjun Kharge but he has been named to head the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). As per a report published by DNA, the party had two choices for the post including senior Congress leader Kamal Nath. However, Congress is increasingly looking to empower its young leaders and that is ensuring the seniors are not being preferred for activities that are demanding.
The Congress party has been effecting a number of organisational changes over the last few weeks at all levels in order to put up a more formidable challenge to the surging Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). As per a Livemint report, as many as 17 new appointments have been made which includes various major changes in some of the poll-bound states.
The report also stated that earlier this month former Rajya Sabha member Avinash Pande was promoted as the general secretary in charge of Rajasthan. Apart from this Sunil Jakhar was appointed chief of the Punjab state unit, replacing chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh. Pritam Singh was made the new chief of the Congress unit in Uttarakhand. As per an Indian Express report, the party had recently also conducted a meeting of 13 select state leaders, who are mostly young faces, in New Delhi.
Not just for Assembly elections, but the party also has similar plans for the upcoming Civic body polls in Uttar Pradesh where the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath led BJP government has recently taken over. Among the attendees of the meeting, besides state party president Raj Babbar, were former MP Vivek Bansal, former MP from Varanasi, Rajesh Mishra, sitting MLA from Rampur Khas Aradhna Mishra and former MLA from Muzaffarnagar Pankaj Mallik amongst others. The prime reason behind this meeting was to prepare a second and third line of leadership in the party.