A heavy agenda awaits Congress president Sonia Gandhi after the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls get over in May. With barely two years are left for the 2009 Lok Sabha polls to take place, she has to undertake the long-awaited shake-up of the All India Congress Committee team which will see the party through the polls and appoint the officebearers for various state units.
Presently, there are as many as 15 states where the party functions only through the state president. There is no Pradesh Congress Committee executive to carry out the day to day organizational tasks and ensure that the party functions with vigour at the ground level.
Among these 15 states that need a PCC executive are four major ones - Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka - which, between them, contribute 109 seats to the Lok Sabha.
The absence of a PCC executive is particularly glaring because seven of these 15 states are slated to go for assembly polls in 2008 ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. They include Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura.
The intermittent tensions between the Janata Dal (S) and the Bharatiya Janata Party coalition in Karnataka have also raised speculation of mid-term polls in the state. Even in key states like poll-bound Gujarat, the PCC executive was appointed only a couple of months back.
Similarly, Sonia would need to appoint a general secretary to fill the vacancy created by Ambika Soni’s induction into the Manmohan Singh cabinet more than a year back. Speculation about Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi’s induction into the team of central officebearers remains rampant.