It was a comedy of errors today that saw Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh being ‘stripped’ of the charge of Uttar Pradesh and Assam.
AICC media managers had a tough time dismissing as baseless reports which started appearing on TV channels speaking of a virtual sack of Singh from the AICC secretariat and his loss of charge of the two states.
The speculation began with another Congress general secretary B K Hariprasad accompanying the MPs from UP and Assam in the morning for their meeting with party chief Sonia Gandhi for consultations ahead of the Presidential poll.
With Digvijay Singh busy in some other work,the schedule for the meetings prepared by the Congress Parliamentary Party showed Hariprasad as in charge of UP and Assam. It was limited for the purpose of taking the MPs to the Congress chief.
The confusion was worse confounded by the ambivalent response of party spokesman Manish Tewari on the issue.
Asked by reporters whether Singh has been divested of the charge of UP and Assam,Tewari said in Congress it is for Gandhi to decide on what responsibility is to be given to whom.
Sometimes an office bearer is given a particular responsibility and sometimes part of his responsibility is given to somebody else also, he said.
Another leader,who spoke off the record,said the temporary measure has been taken as Digvijay’s wife is not well.
This prompted reporters to rush to Hariprasad who denied having taken charge of Uttar Pradesh and Assam and insisting that no such change has taken place.
By that time,AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi reached the party headquarters to set at rest all speculation.