Cong reshuffle on cards, revival on hold

Due to lack of monitoring, say insiders, the district units have failed to implement the revival programmes given to them.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Published:October 24, 2014 12:59 am

With indications from Congress high-command about a reshuffle in the party post Diwali, the leadership in Uttar Pradesh seems to have put its revival plans on the back-seat.

It has been almost five months since the entire executive body of state Congress committee was dissolved post Lok Sabha election debacle, but the party has failed to even start the process of forming the new committee.

Sources in the party say that senior leadership is now awaiting for the reshuffle at the high-level before they start working on forming the new committee.

Due to lack of monitoring, say insiders, the district units have failed to implement the revival programmes given to them.

In most recent instances, protests in Basti and Muzaffarnagar demanding payment of dues pending to sugarcane farmers were skipped by senior party leaders.

While Madhusudan Mistry skipped both the protests, state president Nirmal Khatri attended the one in Basti but skipped Muzaffarnagar citing “poor health”. Moreover, the party also failed to take up the “connect with workers” programme, where senior leaders were expected to form district committees after discussions with party workers.

After much effort, one such meeting was organised in Bulandshahr under Mistry’s leadership but that, too, ended up with local leaders entering into heated arguments. The rest three similar meetings in eastern and central part of the state have been put on hold for the time being.

Congress’s state president Nirmal Khatri, however, denied that the delay in taking up things was done on purpose.

“Matters are taking time but we are working on them. No one can be blamed for it. Although a few leaders could not attend some of the events, these were not cancelled and rather went off very well. We are working on the executive committee as well.” Khatri said.

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