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Damage control: Congress asks leaders to end infighting

After some incidents of infighting were reported from the Jaipur district unit of Congress, the opposition party is taking damage control steps in view of ‘Mera Booth Mera Gaurav’ (MBMG) programme in July

rajasthan elections 2018 Updated: Jun 11, 2018 22:26 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Jaipur
Rajasthan News
State Congress Kisan Cell president Sandeep Choudhary being manhandled by supporters of a local leaders at Shahpura.(HT File)

After some incidents of infighting were reported from the Jaipur district unit of Congress, the opposition party is taking damage control steps in view of ‘Mera Booth Mera Gaurav’ (MBMG) programme in July.

MBMG programme, which aims to strengthen booth management and connect with people, is seen as a platform for aspirants of Congress ticket for the ensuing state election to show their strength. Just six months are left for the assembly election.

During a MBMG programme on May 25 in Shahpura, state Kissan Cell state president Sandeep Choudhary was manhandled by supporters of another leader in presence of state party in-charge Avinah Pande.

On the same day, Jyoti Khandelwal and Ameen Kagzi -- two probable Congress candidates in Kishanpole assembly constituency in Jaipur -- clashed over timing of burning an effigy while staging a protest on oil price hike.

Infighting was reported not only from Kishanpole but also from other constituencies of Jaipur such as Malviya Nagar and Sanganer.

In Malviya Nagar, previous MLA candidate and another aspirant had heated exchange during a party event but it went unreported, a senior party leader said on condition of anonymity.

Another Congress leader said: “The party Jaipur unit will start holding MBMG programmes in each assembly constituency from July 1.”

“The party does not want any scene in any of these programmes. The state and central leadership have asked district chief Pratap Singh, who along with AICC co-in-charge Vivek Bansal, are working to pacify local leader. Efforts for the same has been started,” said the leader.

He added that there was resentment among local leaders over appointment of booth presidents and that needs to be addressed.

“Local leaders are also suggesting holding a single MBMG programme for all Jaipur constituencies, instead of organising separately. The leaders believe that big meeting could be organised from where poll campaign for upcoming elections in Rajasthan can be launched – addressed by party national president Rahul Gandhi,” said the leader.

Even the central leadership of Congress is concerned with the recent incidents of scuffle during party meetings and directed party workers to stay united to reap the benefit of people’s anger against the BJP government.

Calling the Shahpura incident disappointing, AICC general secretary Ashok Gehlot has asked party leaders not to repeat it in future.

He also made it clear that the party would not select candidates on the basis of MBMG events.

First Published: Jun 11, 2018 22:26 IST