It's 'one person one post' formula for Congress

Written by fe Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: May 31 2009, 05:05am hrs
With the exercise of the government formation at the Centre over, the Congress leadership has decided to turn its attention on the organisation amidst indications that a one person one post formula may be implemented while effecting the change.

Changes will be brought in the organisation soon, AICC media department chief Janardan Dwivedi told reporters here on Friday, signalling that the process of reshuffling the organisation had already begun.

Rather unusual for a party in power, an eagerness to work for the organisation has been expressed by several leaders including by some who were made ministers earlier this week. This, party circles contend, is because of the anticipation that working in the party would ensure them easier access and proximity to Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, who have declined to take on responsibilities in government.

A number of vacancies are expected in the AICC hierarchy with many party functionaries making it to the government. Four AICC general secretaries were inducted in the Manmohan Singh council of ministers including Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mukul Wasnik in cabinet rank besides Prithviraj Chavan as MoS (Independent charge) and V Narayanasami as minister of state. These four ministers are yet to be divested of their party work.

Besides these ministers, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee still continues to hold charge of PCC president of West Bengal. Also CP Joshi, the new rural development minister also has the PCC presidentship of Rajasthan. Defence minister AK Antony too is in charge of Maharashtra, which goes to polls later this year. If the party decides to adopt the one man one post formula, replacements who will take up the organisational responsibility will have to be found.

Asked whether those inducted in the government from the AICC will be relieved of party work, Dwivedi said This cannot be said with certainty...But there will be effort made to see that those who work in the government concentrate on it and those who work in the party do organisational work. To a query about the priority of the party following the victory in Lok Sabha elections, Dwivedi said the organisation would be streamlined, membership drive will be launched and organisation elections will be completed by December 2010.

Apart from those who are holding dual positions in the party and the government, M Veerappa Moily, the new law minister is the party in-charge of Andhra Pradesh and Assam. He was also the chief of the partys media department before he went to contest the Lok Sabha elections from Karnataka.