Factional war in Cong to hot up
HAVING PREVAILED upon AICC general secretary MP in charge V Narayansami to stall appointment of Madan Mandhania as Dhar district Congress president, PCC chief Subhash Yadav seems to have won another round in his protracted war with Leader of Opposition Jamuna Devi.Updated: Feb 27, 2006 14:47 IST
HAVING PREVAILED upon AICC general secretary MP in charge V Narayansami to stall appointment of Madan Mandhania as Dhar district Congress president, PCC chief Subhash Yadav seems to have won another round in his protracted war with Leader of Opposition Jamuna Devi.
She is furious that her lone nominee for DCC presidents was rejected even after announcement. Given her combative character, the veteran leader is unlikely to take the decision lying down.
Not only Jamuna Devi, the beleaguered PCC chief faces challenges from many other groups too. His 'leadership quality' was all too evident when in the presence of Narayansami , party leaders vent spleen against the PCC chief. Former minister Ajay Singh even feared that the Congress might slip to third position if the present state of affairs were allowed to persist.
Ajay Singh himself is a strong contender for PCC chief post. Till the appointment of Narayansami, the moribund PCC didn't see much activity as there was a jaded feeling of the MP Congress being out of the High Command's scheme of things.
Narayansami's pep talk to the workers coupled with his assurance to have PCC and DCCs in place soon has somewhat revived the party. As a result, factional lobbying is intensifying. But, the big question before all the aspirants is how to impress the Central leadership about their own leadership qualities? Narayanasami's arrival in the scene has made factional war more intense.
While Jamuna Devi loses no opportunity to project her one-up on Yadav in bashing the State Government, Ajay Singh has planned to lead a silent procession on the issue of attacks on Christians in the State on February 28.
This could be a beginning of his campaign against the BJP Government and projection as possible choice within the party.
Yadav, on his part, has already presented an eight- point charter on how he would like to activate the party up to the grassroots.
He presented the charter to Narayanasamy during the latter's recent visit to Bhopal. It was unanimously approved by the delegates. While all the three contenders are devising ways to carve a place for themselves in the party, the question seems more of morale, legwork and ability to take party along.
For example, when some ministers interrupted the Leader of Opposition during her speech on motion of thanks on Governor's address that she could not convince even five of Congress MLAs to stay in the House to listen to, a visibly dejected Jamuna Devi sighed 'Hum to BPL Ke Log Ho Gayen Hain' (We are below poverty line now).
This self-pity can be felt while talking to a majority of State Congress leaders. Yadav has his clout as State Congress chief but his lack of trust on his colleagues in the PCC other than a couple of them like Narmada Prasad Sharma or Deepchand Yadav seems to have isolated him in the party to a great deal.
More or less same is the case with Ajay Singh. All the programmes that he drafts has the same set of names- his father and Union Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh's trusted men in the party.
Work at the grassroots across the State has been a common problem among them all. While Jamuna Devi seems to believe in media exposure as the best medium to make her presence felt, Subhash Yadav keeps touring Nimar region to nurture his ground in the region and Ajay Singh seems a bit confused on how to transcend Vindhya and establish himself as a leader with following in the entire Stare. His somewhat reserved nature keeps him largely aloof from the party workers.
First Published: Feb 27, 2006 14:47 IST