Factionalism to fore as Cong men fight for seat with Jaiswal

Union Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal on Wednesday got the bitter taste of infighting in Congress when,during a workers’ meeting in Sant Kabir Nagar district,office bearers began bickering over sharing of the stage and making a speech.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published:September 19, 2013 5:20 am

Union Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal on Wednesday got the bitter taste of infighting in Congress when,during a workers’ meeting in Sant Kabir Nagar district,office bearers began bickering over sharing of the stage and making a speech.

Supporters of two acting presidents in the district,Praveen Chandra Pandey and Rohit Pandey,started raising slogans against the third,district president Parvez Khan,and called him a “dictator”.

Sensing that the situation was fast spinning out of control,Jaiswal intervened to assure workers that all three presidents would get their chance to make a speech.

While the district Congress has been witnessing its share of infighting ever since the party announced the names of three district presidents in a recent reshuffle,the true nature of their discord only came up during Jaiswal’s programme on Wednesday,which was called in to motivate the workers before the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

“Majority of Congressmen in the district have become tired of the district president’s dictatorship. Whenever there is a senior leader visiting the district,he ensures that no one else apart from him is allowed to speak. And then there is this working style of his,which is also not acceptable to many. But when he literally tried

to snatch off the mike from

a leader on the dais today,

all of us decided to oppose him,” Praveen Chandra Pandey said.

District President Parvez Khan refused to comment on the matter.

While the drama continued for about 40 minutes,Jaiswal asked workers to get united to “fight communal forces” in the state and told them that the Congress is the only party that can fight communalism but it needs its workers’ support. He has also said that the Central government had given several alerts about the possibility of such a communal tension flaring up but the state government did not take them seriously.

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