With Sonia Gandhi being authorised to nominate the entire Congress Working Committee, talk has begun in the party as to who will face the axe.
The name of Arjun Singh is prominently being mentioned by party leaders as to one who could get dropped in the reconstituted apex policy making body of the party. The 25-member CWC is the highest policy making body of the party.
Singh, who was HRD Minister in the UPA-I government, had failed to find a place in the UPA-II coalition after the Lok Sabha elections last year. The members of the CWC, headed by Gandhi, included Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, senior leaders A K Antony, Pranab Mukherjee, Rahul Gandhi, Ahmed Patel, Ambika Soni, Arjun Singh, B K Hari Prasad, Digvijaya Singh, G Venkataswamy, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Janardan Dwivedi, Mallikarjuna Kharge, Mohsina Kidwai, Motilal Vora, Mukul Wasnik, Prithviraj Chavan, V Kishore Chandra Deo and V Narayanasamy.
At the AICC meeting today, the Congress President herself indicated that some CWC members could face the axe in the reconstitution exercise. "Nominating CWC is a very difficult job. Somebody will complain to say I was left out, why others have been made. Somewhere someone will be left out.
Now when you have put trust in me, some of you should be prepared to bear the loss," Gandhi said. The 1,000 members of the AICC constitute the electoral college for the CWC polls. Of the entire CWC, there is a provision for election of 12 and nomination of 11.
The Congress president as well as the parliamentary party leader of the party are always members of the CWC with the party chief heading the key body.