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Dist heads at odds over power share

Two days after the Congress for the first time appointed presidents as well as “acting” presidents in select districts with the aim to check infighting,confusion prevails over sharing of rights,responsibilities and powers

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: July 31, 2013 5:46:20 am

Two days after the Congress for the first time appointed presidents as well as “acting” presidents in select districts with the aim to check infighting,confusion prevails over sharing of rights,responsibilities and powers. Both presidents and acting presidents claim they have been promised equal power by senior party leaders but,according to sources,some leaders are against the idea.

The issue is likely to be resolved during their meeting with AICC general secretary Madhusudan Mistry,which has been called in Lucknow Wednesday.

District and city heads have been told that Mistry would personally cut out their roles and allot responsibilities to each one of them.

Supporters of some of the outgoing presidents,too,have begun protesting. A group of party leaders from Sant Kabir Nagar reached the party office Monday and started raising slogans against the party and its leaders demanding continuation of the outgoing president.

Despite being a small district,the party has appointed a new district president along with two officiating presidents due to prevailing groupism in the district.

State Congress president Nirmal Khatri met these leaders to resolve the issue. Supporters of outgoing district president in Gautam Buddh Nagar have also offered their resignation from the party.

“It is one of the major reshuffles in the history of Congress in Uttar Pradesh. We have changed about 90 per cent of the old heads while earlier the organisational rejig never went beyond 15-20 per cent. Some opposition is likely but we are talking to each such leader and convincing them about the need for change” said Nirmal Khatri.

Earlier in the day,Khatri,along with four AICC secretaries,held a meeting with all the frontal organisations of the party in the state and set specific targets for each. Mistry was also supposed to be part of the meeting but could not attend due to the Congress Working Committee meeting called in Delhi.

Almost all the leaders of different frontal organisations of the party in the state said “lack of resources” and “financial constraints” were restricting them from going “mobile” or undertaking rigorous tours.

Some also complained of lack of coordination with the main wing of the party and neglect by senior leaders.

“Some of us come from humble background and do not have enough resources to purchase jeep or other vehicles. We have conveyed this in the meeting today and have requested for some arrangement from the party soon before the Lok Sabha elections if they want results,” said a party leader who was part of the meeting.

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