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Rupture and rejuvenation in City Congress

THE DEFINING moment for an otherwise somnolent Congress party in 2005 came when former City Congress president Kripa Shankar Shukla parted ways with his mentor and chief benefactor Mahesh Joshi to join the rival group led by MLA Sajjan Singh Verma and others to support the candidature of Pramod Tandon during the run-up to the City Congress president?s elections.

india Updated: Dec 31, 2005 19:16 IST

THE DEFINING moment for an otherwise somnolent Congress party in 2005 came when former City Congress president Kripa Shankar Shukla parted ways with his mentor and chief benefactor Mahesh Joshi to join the rival group led by MLA Sajjan Singh Verma and others to support the candidature of Pramod Tandon during the run-up to the City Congress president’s elections.

The Joshi group’s candidate was the incumbent City Congress president Ujagar Singh.

Shukla’s desertion (the Joshi camp puts it as betrayal) and unity (so far) among the disparate Congressmen ranging against Joshi is the latest and perhaps the most important challenge to Mahesh Joshi’s hegemony over local Congress politics.

The exact reason for the rupture in relations between Joshi and Shukla is not public, but it is being touted that apart from Mahesh Joshi quashing Shukla’s desire of becoming the candidate for the City Congress president from the Joshi camp, Shukla also had the feeling, Congress insiders maintain, that he was not getting adequate respect, especially from the younger generation of the Joshi family, and these factors led to their parting ways.

With the fate of the City and District Congress president hanging fire, it remains to be seen who gets appointed by the Congress High Command – Tandon, Singh or will it be a third compromise candidate? Tied with it is the larger question of Joshi’s “fading” grip over the party and Shukla’s own political future.

First Published: Dec 31, 2005 19:16 IST