Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Congress readies for surgery, Rahul to be elevated, Rajiv era leaders may be shunted

Narada Desk | June 1, 2016 1:08 pm Print
Congress is gearing up for a major organisational restructuring by elevating Rahul Gandhi as the AICC president.
Chennai: Congress vice President Rahul Gandhi addresses during an election campaign rally in Chennai on May 7, 2016. (Photo: IANS)

After the  severe drubbing it got in recent elections, Congress seems to be readying for the much talked about surgery to rejuvenate the ailing party. As part of revamping the organisation Rahul Gandhi will be made as the president of AICC soon.  According to various news channel reports Rahul Gandhi is finalising list of office bearers who will take charge before he takes charge as the president of the party. Rahul Gandhi has been working as the vice president of the party for last three years. Rahul Gandhi will turn 46 this month.

After the recent election debacle in the elections several leaders have asked for a major surgery in the organisations. Digvijaya Singh even asked to end the routine  introspection process  and demanded major surgery in the organisational structure if the party wants to stay relevant in the national politics. Punjab chief Amrinder Singh has suggested Rahul should take charge as AICC president immediately.

According to reports Rahul Gandhi is contemplating his plan to refurbish the image of party by bringing in young leaders like, RPN Singh, Ajay Maken, Jitin Prasada,  Jyotiradithya Scindia, Sachin Pilot and Randeep Singh Surjewala. Reports also suggest Rajiv Gandhi era leaders will be out out of the team that Rahul is trying to organise. Mani Shanker Aiyer has said that if the party leadership has decided to elevate Rahul he will support it.

The organisational overhaul may include  changing  of general secretaries, secretaries and  changing some of the PCC chiefs

There are many in the party, especially old timers who think that Sonia must remain as the president of the party. Their contention is that Rahul’s style of functioning has to change before he takes charge.

At the same time  several other leaders in the party have been complaining about the difficulty and the confusion that has resulted because of the dual power centers in the party.

Congress won only 44 seats in 2014 parliament election. It has lost Assam, Kerala in the recently concluded assembly election.