With the reconstitution of the party’s Kerala unit, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi has set in motion the much-delayed organisational revamp.
All available indications suggest that a “bigger reshuffle” in the Congress organisation could take place before the party’s three-day brainstorming session in Jaipur from January 18 in which Rahul Gandhi is expected to assume a bigger role.
Restructuring the organisational set-up has been high on Gandhi’s agenda ever since the party’s poll drubbing in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Goa early this year. She also has to appoint new party chiefs in some states such as Bihar, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.
With its entire top leadership in Gujarat, including state unit chief Arjun Modhwadia, tasting defeat in the recent assembly polls, the Congress party has to completely rework its strategy to become a serious player.
There is an air of uncertainty due to the delay in the process. This is also affecting the party functioning in several states as many office bearers are not sure of continuing on their posts after the reshuffle.
After Kerala, the central leadership has to approve the lists already forwarded by other Pradesh Congress Committees (PCCs) to the All India Congress Committee (AICC).
But the reconstitution of the Kerala unit has upset some senior state leaders. Former chief minister K Karunakaran’s son K Muraleedharan and daughter Padmaja Venugopal are said to have openly expressed their unhappiness over the revamp.
Sources indicated that functionaries in charge of many states are also expected to be changed.
After being divested of ministerial responsibilities, senior leader Ambika Soni has been appointed as the convenor of the Jaipur meet and will also head the screening committee for Meghalaya elections.
Several states, including Karnataka, Delhi, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh going to polls next year followed by the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
One person, one post
‘One person, one post’ formula might be enforced to ensure that those who are in the government focus on their ministerial responsibilities and those in the party concentrate on organisational work.