Cong plans organisational restructuring in states

Written by Political Bureau | New Delhi, Jan 28 | Updated: Jan 29 2008, 04:02am hrs
The Congress has finally sought to clear the air on organisational reshuffle, with enough hints that changes are in the offing in a few states including those where assembly polls are due this year-end.

Asserting that decisions in this regard would be taken shortly, the party on Monday signalled that it would be effecting reshuffle in states like Madhya Pradesh, Andhra, Jammu and Kashmir, West Bengal, Gujarat and Jharkhand. We are in the process of making tailored, focussed remedial effective changes. We are talking in terms of strategies, individuals and policies at both state and central levels AICC spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi told reporters.

Party sources indicated that Union minister Priyaranjan Dasmunshi may finally be given the charge of West Bengal PCC chief, though he may have to give up one of his ministerial berths. Dasmunshi is keen to retain the I&B portfolio. Similarly, water resources minister Saifuddin Soz may be headed for J&K

It was also hinted that parliamentary affairs minister Suresh Pachauri may replace the Madhya Pradesh PCC chief Subhash Yadav while Ravi Mallu could be the man to head the Andhra unit of the party. Pachauris elevation would indicate that he may be the partys chief ministerial candidate in Madhya Pradesh, although the Congress has traditionally shied from projecting chief ministerial nominees.

The race in AP, where the PCC chief's post fell vacant in the wake of Keshava Rao's resignation after his son got involved in a murder case, is between former MP Ravi Mallu and state irrigation minister P Laskhsmaiah. Changes are also expected to take place in Gujarat and Jharkhand units of the party.