Voices rise in discord as state Congress charts new course

The recent changes in some of the departments of UP Congress Committee have not gone down well with some of the leaders who have been removed.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: February 19, 2010 4:41:23 am

The recent changes in some of the departments of UP Congress Committee have not gone down well with some of the leaders who have been removed. So much so,that they have gone to the extent of questioning the authority of state chef Rita Bahuguna Joshi.

The heads of the Minority and OBC departments,Maroof Khan and Vinod Chaudhary,respectively,whom Joshi has removed,have questioned her action. They alleged that she did not follow the procedure for appointing new heads and,therefore,the changes made by her are invalid.

According to sources,both the leaders have the backing of the national heads of their respective departments.

Although their successors have occupied the offices at the state Congress headquarters,both have reportedly told the party senior leaders that they will continue working for their respective departments.

Imran-ur-Rehman Kidwai,chairman of AICC Minority department, said: “The state unit is responsible for sending us three names for the post of the head of the state department. Thereafter,we approach the AICC president or general secretary and choose one of them.”

“In this case,neither I nor AICC general secretary in-charge Satyavrat Chaturvedi was informed about any change,nor did the state unit send us the names,” said Kidwai. “If the state president says that she was in direct touch with our senior leaders,then I cannot comment,” he added.

According to sources,Chaudhary also spoke to K C Lenka,chairman of the AICC OBC department. While Chaudhary,who is reportedly camping in Delhi,could not be reached,Lenka said: “I have not been informed about any change in UP. I have come to know only through newspapers. So if you ask me,there is no change in the state wing.”

Joshi,however,refuted their claims stating that she had obtained Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s permission before making the changes.

“I have the permission of the party headquarters. We have nothing against Vinod Chaudhary or anyone else. Some people were looking after two posts — so they have been changed. Chaudhary is also vice-president of UPCC and we respect him in that capacity,” said Joshi.

Similarly,Khan is also one of the general secretaries of UPCC.

Joshi had changed the heads of SC/ST,OBC,and minority departments as well as labour and traders cells on Monday. While Moid Ahmed was appointed as the head of Minority department,Sidhgopal Sahu was appointed as the head of OBC department.

Thereafter,Khan and Chaudhary took up the matter with their national heads,who were reportedly taken by surprise. “I had organised a protest across the state,raising the issues of minorities on February 15 and on the same day I was told that I have been removed from the post,” said Khan.

“I contacted my chairman in AICC but he had no idea about the change. Thus,until my chairman or AICC president asks me to leave the post,I will continue to work,” added Khan.

“My next assignment is to organise a rally to raise minority issues in Moradabad division and I am busy preparing for it,” said Khan.

Congress condemns FIR lodged against party leaders for protest against Maya govt

The UP Congress Committee today condemned the lodging of an FIR against state Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi,UPCC Mahila Congress president Meera Singh and Raj Bahadur,a Congress leader from Behraich,in connection with the party’s protest in Lucknow on February 16.

The FIR has been lodged at Wazirganj police station against the three leaders along with 500 unnamed party workers under Sections 332,353,147,341,188 and 336 of IPC.

In the FIR,Congress workers have also been blamed for stone pelting thereby injuring other people.

“The government lathicharged our party workers and then they have lodged an FIR against our state president and two leaders. This clearly shows the dictatorship attitude of the government and we will continue to fight it,” said Subodh Srivastava,UPCC chief spokesperson.

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