Eight months after his exit from the Union Cabinet, Pawan Kumar Bansal was on Thursday given a significant role in the Congress.
The party announced 10 screening committees for selection of candidates for the Lok Sabha elections, and Bansal has been made the head of the panel for Gujarat, Rajasthan, Dadar Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu.
Sources said the screening committees are expected to begin their meetings after the AICC session. The first list could come up by next month.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s close aide and union minister Jitendra Singh has been put in charge of the screening committee for Uttar Pradesh, while Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde will head the panel for Bihar, West Bengal, Assam and Andaman and Nicobar.
The other panel heads are P C Chacko (Delhi, Chandigarh, Haryana, Punjab), Bhubaneshwar Kalita (Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir), V Narayanasamy (Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Sikkim, Tripura), Mallikarjun Kharge (Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra), Vayalar Ravi (Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Karnataka), Ghulam Nabi Azad (Kerala, Lakshadweep, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu), Oscar Fernandes (Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand).
Prashant Bhushan has alleged that hooliganism and goondagardi was rampant in the Council.