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Uncertain over captaincy,Cong dithers

Still reeling under the crushing defeat it suffered in the recently-concluded Assembly polls,the Congress is yet to gear up for the forthcoming elections to four municipal corporations in Punjab.

Written by Sukhdeep Kaur | Chandigarh | Published: April 28, 2012 3:56:13 am

Still reeling under the crushing defeat it suffered in the recently-concluded Assembly polls,the Congress is yet to gear up for the forthcoming elections to four municipal corporations in Punjab.

Even as the Shiromani Akali Dal Friday announced its organiational committees for the polls,the Congress,which has finalised names of those who are to head the committees,is dithering from making it public owing to looming uncertainty over captaincy of Punjab Congress.

According to sources in the party,the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee headed by Capt Amarinder Singh has been asked by New Delhi to await the report of a high-powered committee constituted to take stock of poll debacle in three states.

Headed by Union Defence Minister AK Antony,the panel comprising Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit and Union Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde is expected to submit its report to All India Congress Committee president Sonia Gandhi by this month end.

Amarinder has finalised the name of former minister Chaudhary Jagjit Singh as in-charge of organisational committee for Amritsar,OP Soni for Jalandhar,Ashwani Sekhri for Ludhiana and Rana Kaypee for Patiala.

There were some objections to Chaudhary’s name owing to the controversies he has courted. However his proximity to Amarinder and his SC status has stood him in good stead.

State Congress affairs in-charge Gulchain Singh Charak said the organisational committees for corporations polls will be announced shortly.

“I am in Bihar and will reach Delhi tomorrow. We would announce the names in a day or two,” he said.

With Amarinder leaving for New Delhi today,speculations were rife over his continuance as state Congress chief.

“If they decide to retain him,he is likely to be asked to change his style of functioning,” a senior party leader in New Delhi disclosed.

However,Amarinder denied that he has been summoned by the party. “I am going for my personal meetings. The Antony committee has been formed for organisational restructuring of the party right from the AICC level,” he said.

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