The Congress high command has not yet decided on the appointment of the chief of Maharashtra and Mumbai units. Announcements were expected on Tuesday when the All India Congress Committee (AICC) declared names of presidents of 18 units across the country.
State unit chief Manikrao Thakre and his Mumbai counterpart Kripashankar Singh are lobbying hard to retain the posts while their detractors are making equally strong efforts to dethrone the two. The two will continue till further orders.
Union ministers Vilasrao Deshmukh and Sushilkumar Shinde, chief minister Ashok Chavan want their own supporters in the important organizational posts.
However, sources in AICC said that the committee was contemplating a formula that will strike a balance between castes, religions and regions. “Since CM Chavan is a Maratha some leaders think that the state chief’s post should go to the other back ward caste because Thakre too is a Maratha. Mumbai chief will also be decided under similar formula,” said the leader requesting anonymity.
Other contention is that since the two successive state chiefs (late Prabha Rau and Thakre) came from Vidarbha, other regions like western Maharashtra should get the post.
“CM is from Marathwada. The earlier CM (Vilasrao) was also from Marathwada,” said the leader.
It is said that AICC chief Sonia Gandhi would take some more time to decide on the issue.