A group of disgruntled Congress MLAs from Rajasthan met AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi on Wednesday to apprise him of poor governance and even a demand for a change in leadership. The MLAs stated that there were several examples of bad governance in Rajasthan and it was their duty to bring it to the notice of the Congress high command.
After their meeting with Rahul on Wednesday,the 13 MLAs,who had been camping in New Delhi since April 1,said their trip was fruitful. Pradeep Kumar Singh,Congress MLA from Mandalgarh in Bhilwara,said,We told him (Rahul) about certain issues in the state and that the party should act before it is too late. Our problems include isolation,a paralysed system and no connect with grassroots workers.
The MLAs,over the weekend,also met Sonia Gandhis advisor and political secretary Ahmed Patel and general secretary Mukul Wasnik,taking up the same issues.
The MLAs include Singh,Colonel Sonaram,Udai Lal Anjana,Daulat Raj Nail,C L Premi,G S Sharma and Pushkar Dangi among others.
Officially,the MLAs insisted that no change in the leadership was spoken about and that they respected Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. However,a senior MLA who did not wish to be named said,We want a change in leadership in the state so that the party can win the next state elections. The image of the party in the state has taken a beating and must be repaired immediately. He added that the Bhanwari Devi controversy and the Bharatpur riots that left 10 dead were top on the list of black spots on the government.
According to Congress MLA from Nimbahera Udai Lal Anjana,several party workers felt isolated not only from the CM,but from his council of ministers as well. We have sought for long an appointment from ministers for a meeting but to no avail. There is little or no contact between us and the ministers, Anjana said.