Six months after dividing Uttar Pradesh into eight zones and giving charge of each to a zonal president,Congress is now reconsidering its decision. In October 2012,the party had made senior party leaders,including five MPs,one former MP and two MLAs,zonal presidents. Each was given responsibility of a zone which were away from his own constituency to ensure that they do not get involved in local politics.
The decision was taken in view of the large size of the state. However,after six months,the party has realised that many of these leaders are not able to devote time as planned in view of their other responsibilities,including commitments in their own constituencies. Besides,two of the zonal presidents are union ministers while one is chairman of National Commission for Scheduled Castes. The party high command is now seriously considering changes in the system by either doing away with these posts or appointing zonal in charges and giving the responsibilities to leaders who can devote their time and who do not plan to contest the Lok Sabha election.
The eight zonal presidents including RPN Singh,who is MP from Padrauna and also Union Minister of State for Home affairs; Jitin Prasada,who is MP from Dhaurara and also Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development; P L Punia,who is MP from Barabanki and chairman of the National Commission for SC; Rajaram Pal,MP from Akbarpur; Rasheed Masood,Rajya Sabha member; Brijendra Singh,former MP from Aligarh and MLAs Anugrah Narayan Singh and Vivek Singh.
Most of them are preparing for the next Lok Sabha elections,it is obvious that these leaders would spend more time in their own constituencies. The lacuna in the system came to the fore when each zone was asked to re-organise district and city committees. Due to lack of co-ordination,more than one list was sent from some of the zones and the deadline had to be changed many times, said a senior leader. As a result,instead of announcing new district and city presidents in one go,the party has decided to do this in phases,taking up first the districts where there are no controversies over the names.