Khurshid, Ramesh, Narayanswamy may quit govt to focus on party work

Written by Nistula Hebbar | Nistula Hebbar | New Delhi | Updated: Apr 25 2012, 07:51am hrs
The ruling Congress party went into a huddle on Tuesday with senior ministers P Chidambaram, Salman Khurshid, Jairam Ramesh and V Narayanswamy meeting Congress president Sonia Gandhi at her residence, giving rise to talks that at least three of them, namely Khurshid, Ramesh and Narayanswamy, have indicated to Gandhi that they would prefer working in the party organisation rather than the government.

The ministers move comes on a day when the party, in a rare show of nerve, suspended eight of its MPs for four days from the Lok Sabha for unruly behaviour. Parliament was reconvened on Tuesday for remaining part of the Budget session.

While the talk gained ground all day, insiders say that a Congress organisational restructuring was in the offing in the coming weeks, but whether or not radical surgery would be effected is still moot.

The reshuffle will happen after the Antony committee report on recent poll losses is submitted to the party president, said a top source in the Congress. The indications given by these ministers are apparently a positioning gambit before the real thing.

As with everything with the Congress, this move is being associated with the alleged plans of AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhis elevation to the top job in the party.

While there is talk of a Kamaraj Plan of a large scale restructuring of the party and consequently of the government as well, which might see some young faces being accommodated, the jury is still not out. There have been several such false alarms in the past, we don't know what the Congress president has in mind, said a senior Congress leader.

A parliamentary strategy meeting was taking place at 10 Janpath till late in the evening with the Congress battling the fallout of the Telengana suspensions, the need to start negotiations on the next Presidential elections and the Singhvi CD.