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Punjab Congress set to get new chief

chandigarh Updated: Jul 17, 2015 10:28 IST
Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
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The appointment of former Lok Sabha MP Hamdullah Sayeed as the Congress chief in Lakshadweep has set off a buzz of the much-awaited organisational shake-up in the party.

Many Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) chiefs are set to be changed. Punjab heads the list in view of irreconcilable differences between PCC chief Partap Singh Bajwa and former chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh.

The exercise for “expansive changes” had started immediately after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi returned from his nearly two-month-long sabbatical in April.

Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu are other states where he might bring in new faces.

The last shake-up in March in states saw Ajay Maken take over as the party chief in Delhi, Ashok Chavan (Maharashtra), Ghulam Ahmed Mir (Jammu and Kashmir) Bharatsinh Solanki (Gujarat) and Uttam Kumar Reddy (Telangana). Sanjay Nirupam was given the charge of the Mumbai Regional Congress Committee.

Reviving the party in states such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Tamil Nadu and Odisha, where it has been relegated to margins, is a major challenge.

Rahul will also seek to strive to strike a fine balance between seniors and young leaders, a senior party functionary said.

He has held several rounds of discussions with party leaders so far and is in the process of finalising names. The changes would be carried both at the central level and in states as well.

Sources said some changes in the organisational structure are also expected given that Rahul had received several suggestions during deliberations and he is keen to implement some of these.

One such proposal that came up during discussions is to increase the number of general secretaries and secretaries to reduce the burden and enable office-bearers to devote maximum time to states under their charge.

At present, the Congress has 10 general secretaries, and 38 secretaries. Each general secretary looks after at least two states and is assisted by two secretaries. Uttar Pradesh is the only state where the party has four secretaries in-charge of different zones.