‘Congress unable to find Ambika Soni’s replacement’
AICC leadership is unable to find a face for appointing AICC state in-charge of Uttarakhand. Also, Uttarakhand is not on priority of the central leadership specially after massive defeat in the assembly elections.Updated: Jul 31, 2017 20:56 IST
The Congress’ central leadership in Delhi is unable to find a replacement for AICC Uttarakhand in-charge Ambika Soni, who has expressed her reluctance to continue in the post, party sources said here on Monday.
“It’s a fact that AICC leadership is unable to find a face for appointing AICC state in-charge of Uttarakhand. Also, Uttarakhand is not on priority of the central leadership specially after massive defeat in the assembly elections,” a senior party leader said on condition of anonymity.
“Earlier, senior party leader from Madhya Pradesh Kamal Nath was billed as Soni’s replacement but now even he is not available for the job as his (home) state will go to the polls in 2018,” the party leader said.
Senior party leaders, who have often been in thick and thin with the party’s central leaders, said Soni was bound to be replaced but looking for a suitable face who could lead the state from the front and take on the BJP government that was formed with a massive mandate in March.
According them, Soni has least interest in Uttarakhand despite the fact that the party was reeling under crisis following its rout in the assembly elections.
Asked, PCC president Pritam Singh said: “It’s difficult to say what the central leadership is doing in this regard. Final decision has to be taken by the party president.”
Meanwhile, rumour is rife that newly appointed Himachal Pradesh AICC in-charge Shivraj Patil might be given additional responsibilities of Uttarakhand.
First Published: Jul 31, 2017 20:55 IST