In a move widely seen as a setback for those lobbying hard for coveted positions in the Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee, the All India Congress Committee, which is the central decision-making body of the Congress party, has postponed organisation elections indefinitely.
Earlier the HPCC polls were scheduled for July end and the last date for the party's membership drive was May 15 that was later extended to June 15.
"In a circular issued by the All India Congress Committee the party leadership has postponed organisational elections till the time a new schedule is finalized. The membership drive will now continue till further instructions from the AICC. Applications for membership can also be filed online," HPCC chief spokesman Naresh Chauhan said, urging party workers to intensify the drive in their respective areas and induct more members, especially women and youngsters. The party has so far enrolled about 400,000 new members.
Ever since the AICC had announced the HPCC poll schedule "frontline" party leaders in the state had taken to backdoor lobbying. Among the names that had cropped up were HPCC vice president Harsh Mahajan and transport minister GS Bali. It appears to be now clear that the elections will be held under the leadership of HPCC president Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu who is likely to get a second term in office.