Ummid Assistant

Samsung sets up fund for poor kids' education

US varsity offers doctorate for education professionals

Welcome Guest! You are here: Home Views & Analysis

Congress mulling organisational changes in UP, Punjab

Friday March 30, 2012 07:13:04 PM, Prashant Sood, IANS

New Delhi: Keen to put its house in order in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh after the assembly poll debacle, the Congress leadership is mulling organisational changes in the two states and contemplating ways to energise workers for upcoming electoral battles in Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat and Karnataka.

Congress sources said party president Sonia Gandhi was taking feedback from leaders in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh to galvanise the party but had not yet decided on a change of guard in the two states.

Both Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh and Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi have offered to resign, taking moral responsibility for the party's poor performance in the assembly polls earlier this year. While the Congress failed to return to power in Punjab, it barely managed to improve its tally in the Uttar Pradesh assembly.

The two states together have 93 MPs in the Lok Sabha.

Congress sources said detractors of Amarinder Singh have started making demands for his replacement with "a younger and more accessible" leader. Many of them have met party president Sonia Gandhi and told her that the party needed a leader who can protest on the streets in the face of victimisation of party workers.

Pressing for a younger leader, some Congress members have also told the party's national leadership that Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, 49, had emerged as a key strategist of the SAD.

"A sizable percentage of voters in Punjab is young. We need a young leader to take on the Akali Dal. We have to work on rebuilding our base, particularly among the Dalits and minorities in the state," a party leader said on condition of anonymity.

However, supporters of Amarinder Singh have told the leadership that he remains the best bet to take on the Akali Dal.

Party MP Partap Singh Bajwa and former MP Jagmeet Singh Brar are being mentioned in party circles as possible replacements of Amarinder Singh if the central leadership decides to effect a change. The Congress has named Sunil Jhakhar as the new leader of the legislature party in the state.

Sonia Gandhi has also been getting feedback from the MPs of Uttar Pradesh, some of whom have complained about the choice of candidates for the seats falling under their parliamentary constituencies.

Party sources said a meeting of party MPs from Uttar Pradesh, scheduled for March 30, was deferred apparently due to fear that the event may turn out to be stormy.

"Several MPs are waiting for an opportunity to vent their feelings. Some have questions about the party's last-minute announcement of job quotas for minorities and conflicting statements on the Batla house encounter," a party leader from the state said.

He said the Congress should now strive to be the main voice of opposition against the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh.

Party MP Jagdambika Pal said the Congress' performance was below par as it was not seen as a viable alternative to the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).

"Elections were fought on local issues. The SP became the alternative as people were fed up with the BSP. The Congress will perform much better in the parliamentary polls," Pal told IANS.

He said the hard work done by party leader Rahul Gandhi would bear fruits in the 2014 polls.

Congress leader Shakeel Ahmed said the party is making an assessment of the poll results. "An assessment is being done in the party and shortcomings will be addressed," Ahmed told IANS.

A party functionary said a meeting of the Congress Working Committee may be called to deliberate upon the party's preparations for the forthcoming assembly polls.

"The party had planned to hold a chintan shivir (brainstorming session) but dates were not finalised. It may be held now in the light of the assembly poll outcome," the leader said.

Five states - Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Uttarakhand and Manipur - went to the polls earlier this year but the Congress got an absolute majority only in Manipur.

Elections are scheduled in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat by the end of this year and in Karnataka in the first half of 2013.

The leader conceded that Gujarat was a "tough" state for the party and added that the challenge for the Congress had intensified in Himachal Pradesh after its failure to form a government in neighbouring Punjab.

He said the party will have to make careful manoeuvres in Himachal Pradesh so that rival camps work unitedly in the polls. He added while the party had good prospects of returning to power in Karnataka due to divisions in the BJP, it could not afford to be complacent.



(Prashant Sood can be contacted at prashant.s@ians.in)


 






 


 

Home | Top of the Page

Comments

Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of www.ummid.com

Comments powered by DISQUS

i

i

More Headlines

Now, a peek into secretive Nobel selection process

Pakistani MPs oppose NATO arms supply

EC stops vote counting in Jharkhand, Uttarakhand Rajya Sabha polls

32 cars less in fleet as Akhilesh goes on austerity drive

Your child's milk tooth can save her life

Debt trap: Trinamool candidate in Goa in hiding

Delhi government school: 37% toilets are very dirty

Two-in-one device cleans up sewage, produces fuel

New tax on domestic LPG in Maharashtra rolled back

Youth shoots at cops inside Kanpur police station

Communal violence in Andhra town, curfew imposed

19 cops given life in staged shootout case after 20 years

Now, Google tracking our each online move?

i

 

 

 

Top Stories

BRICS backs dialogue on Iran, Syria

Seeking to reinforce their growing economic heft with diplomatic clout, the BRICS grouping Thursday pitched for a bigger voice in global governance institutions, including the UN and the IMF  

World Bank chief should be selected on merit: BRICS

BRICS sign two currency pacts, to set up joint bank

 

  Most Read

Green tribunal scraps Posco's $12bn Odisha project

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) Friday suspended environment clearance to South Korean steel major Posco's $12 billion project in Odisha, the biggest foreign direct investment  

EC stops vote counting in Jharkhand, Uttarakhand Rajya Sabha polls

Concerned over reports of money being used in the Rajya Sabha polls from Jharkhand and Uttarakhand, the Election Commission Friday asked the returning officers of the two assemblies not to start counting the votes scheduled for 5 p.m. In its communication to the returning officers of the  

 

  News Pick

32 cars less in fleet as Akhilesh goes on austerity drive

Surprising even his officials, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has issued orders to cut down the cars in his fleet from 40 to just eight and also  

Delhi government school: 37% toilets are very dirty

Thirty seven percent of toilets in the capital's government schools are "very dirty" and in "subhuman" condition, a survey done by the NGO CRY has revealed. The study by Child Rights and You (CRY) Thursday said 318 

Debt trap: Trinamool candidate in Goa in hiding

Hounded by creditors, a Trinamool Congress candidate who borrowed money to fund his campaign in the recently concluded Goa assembly elections is now in hiding as he fears being beaten up by recovery agents. Kanta Sabaji Jadhav, 37  

 

Picture of the Day

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh meeting Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit, in Seoul on March 27, 2012.

(Photo: Shivraj)

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

RSS  |  Contact us

 

| Quick links

News

 

Subscribe to

Ummid Assistant

 

National

Science & Technology

RSS

Scholarships

About us

International

Health

Twitter

Government Schemes

Feedback

Regional

History

Facebook

Education

Register

Politics

Opinion

Newsletter

Contact us

Business

Career

Education

     

 

 

Ummid.com: Disclaimer | Terms of Use | Advertise with us | Link Exchange

Ummid.com is part of the Awaz Multimedia & Publications providing World News, News Analysis and Feature Articles on Education, Health. Politics, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Industry etc. The articles or the views displayed on this website are for public information and in no way describe the editorial views. The users are entitled to use this site subject to the terms and conditions mentioned.

2010 Awaz Multimedia & Publications. All rights reserved.