Congress general secretary Shakeel Ahmed has asked to be relieved as the in-charge for the Delhi unit as he may temporarily move to Canada for family reasons. He is likely to be replaced by P C Chacko.
Shakeel Ahmed told Congress president Sonia Gandhi last week that he wished to be discharged from his present role as he needs to move to Canada to take care of his ailing wife. “I will not be back before March 2015 and since elections are around the corner, someone else should take charge of the Delhi unit,” he said.
Ahmed said apart from Chacko, who headed the screening committee for candidates in Delhi, the other name in contention was Mukul Wasnik. Wasnik is a former minister in the Congress-led UPA government.
“Lobbying has begun with a number of leaders vying for the job. The Delhi Assembly might be small, but it is very important,” said a senior Congress leader.
Ahmed was appointed the party’s Delhi in-charge in June last year, ahead of Delhi Assembly elections in which the Congress faced a complete rout, keeping only eight of its 43 seats. “Chacko is being talked about because as the head of the party’s screening committee for Delhi, he had interacted with leaders of the state unit and is familiar with local issues,” a leader said.
Sources said a the decision will be taken after the end of the two-day international conference on Jawaharlal Nehru.