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Stay on Jamuna?s nominee

PREDICTABLY ENOUGH, the announcement of District Congress presidents for 44 of 61 districts has in its wake brought to the fore factionalism in the Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee.

india Updated: Feb 26, 2006 15:51 IST

PREDICTABLY ENOUGH, the announcement of District Congress presidents for 44 of 61 districts has in its wake brought to the fore factionalism in the Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee.

The list of 44 DCC presidents was announced late on Friday. Today, the PCC received a fax from All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary in-charge of party affairs for MP, V Narayanasamy staying the nomination of Dhar DCC president Madan Mandhania, the candidate of Leader of Opposition, Jamuna Devi.

The telegraphic fax sent by Narayanasamy said, “As per directions of the Chairman, Central Election Authority Oscar Fernandes, the appointment of district president Dhar district Madan Mandhania is hereby stayed.”

Though Jamuna Devi refused to comment on the issue, the step is likely to further aggravate the ongoing tug-of-war between her and the State Congress chief Subhash Yadav. “Yadav must have got it stayed. He was lobbying for nomination of a liquor contractor Gautam as Dhar DCC president. Jamuna Devi, the kind of woman she is, is not going to take it lying down,” said one of her supporters in the PCC.

Stay on Mandhania’s appointment also raises serious doubts whether the PCC and the Central Congress leadership would ever be able to resolve differences among leaders on appointments at more important places like Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Ujjain, Dewas or Sehore, where District Congress Committee presidents have not been nominated even now.

Besides, PCC executive is yet to be constituted. It has been delayed so much that the Congress leaders start joking if asked on the matter. “The head is here and body in Delhi. I don’t know when they are joined to give us a full-fledged Pradesh Congress Committee,” quipped a leader.

First Published: Feb 26, 2006 15:51 IST