Virbhadra loyalists to meet on Aug 1,may set Cong deadline

Continuing to build pressure on the party High Command,former union minister Virbhadra Singh has decided to convene a meeting of his loyal MLAs,former ministers,MPs besides other leaders on August 1,to draw out a strategy for making party leaders accept some of his demands.

Written by Ashwani Sharma | Published: July 30, 2012 3:09:31 am

Continuing to build pressure on the party High Command,former union minister Virbhadra Singh has decided to convene a meeting of his loyal MLAs,former ministers,MPs besides other leaders on August 1,to draw out a strategy for making party leaders accept some of his demands.

After having held meetings with the Congress president’s political advisor,Ahmed Patel, AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in New Delhi over the past three days,Singh is arriving here to hold consultations with his loyalists.

Of the 23 state legislators who belong to the Congress,Virbhadra Singh commands the support of more than 14 MLAs,whom he is most likely to parade in an attempt to gain tickets for his loyalists. He has also conveyed a desire to contest the elections beside seeking at least 30 tickets for his supporters.

A Virbhadra Singh loyalist hinted that party MLAs and former ministers are of the view that the party should be given a deadline to concede to some of Virbhadra’s demands.

The Congress High Command,however,is not prepared to give him any categorical assurance although Sheila Dikshit is reported to have told Virbhadra Singh that no injustice will be done to him while taking decisions on tickets.

The former union minister is now waiting for his meeting with Congress president Sonia Gandhi to discuss issues relating to the organisation and also composition of the party’s campaign committee,which he was heading. He had been kept out of the screening committee headed by Sheila Dikshit.

His supporters on the other hand,claim that there is no official meeting as such but some MLAs,former ministers and ex-MPs may meet to discuss certain issues about the upcoming polls. “ Raja sahib (Virbhadra) has been away to Delhi for so many days. Now when he returns,we will meet him to find out what is happening,” said a loyalist.

Meanwhile,rivals including PCC president Singh Thakur have chosen to remain quiet on the crisis.

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