The Indore executive committee of Congress was dissolved by party state unit president Arun Yadav on Sunday night, prompting local leaders to start identifying their supporters to be included in the new committee.
There are talks about Yadav being replaced by senior leaders Kamal Nath or Jyotiraditya Scindia by March 2017. This change will be made in view of the 2018 assembly election when a united Congress will want to take on the BJP, which is ruling the state for the past 12 years.
Sources said Indore’s new city executive was likely to be announced by January end not only in consultation with Yadav but also with the would be new state unit chief.
“Keeping all this in view, local Congress leaders, specially ex-MLAs, have begun thinking about their supporters who should be included in the new executive body. Soon, they will be proposing names of their supporters to the party high command in Delhi,” a Congress leader said wishing anonymity.
While dissolving the 535-member Indore executive committee, Yadav by one stroke has weeded out party’s inactive office bearers who were seldom seen at Congress functions and agitations in the city.
“Over 200 such members of dissolved executive committee who were supporters of local leaders were a burden on Indore City Congress Committee as they were useless,” another Congress leader said.
“Several complaints against them were sent to Bhopal and Delhi in the past three year demanding their ouster. As party leaders feared rebellion, they waited for right opportunity (to oust them) which arrived on Sunday,” the leader said.
Notably, the dissolved executive committee had completed its five-year term two months ago. “The new committee will be a vibrant force,” said Congress city unit president Pramod Tandon.
Tandon, who completed his second five-year term in September, was retained as the city unit chief by Yadav. “I’ve been the city unit president for 10 years. I may also be changed in view of circumstances which will unfold in next two months,” Tandon told HT.