AICC reshuffle uncertain

Last Updated: Sunday, April 18, 2010 - 10:45

New Delhi: With the party and the government facing a series of problems, the reshuffle in the AICC secretariat has been put on the back-burner.

In the wake of Shashi Tharoor-IPL controversy and the
remarks of AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh against Home
Minister P Chidambaram`s approach towards Maoist menace
remaining unresolved, no one in the AICC talks of a reshuffle
of the work allocation within the party.

The much-awaited reshuffle has been pending for a while
and the latest controversies have ensured that it will take
more time to effect changes in the AICC.

Now, there are about half a dozen vacancies in the party
hierarchy, but sources indicated that a reshuffle has been
postponed.

They said there was no "political urgency" for filling
the posts and adhere to the `one-person one-post` formula as
no elections were near, except the assembly elections in Bihar
later this year.

Four party general secretaries were inducted into the
Union Council of Ministers in the second term of the UPA
government - Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mukul Wasnik, Prithviraj
Chavan and V Narayanasami, leaving them with little time to
concentrate on party work.

Azad is in-charge of party affairs in Tamil Nadu and
Orissa while Wasnik is in-charge of Rajasthan and Delhi.
Chavan looks after party affairs in Haryana and Jammu and
Kashmir.

Law Minister M Veerappa Moily is in-charge of Andhra
Pradesh, where a panel is looking into the Telangana issue.

Among others holding dual charges are CP Joshi, the
Union Minister for Rural Development who is the Rajasthan
Congress chief and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, the PCC
chief of West Bengal.

Now, there are nine general secretaries. Party sources
said the number could go upto 12 when the reshuffle takes
place after the second part of the budget session.

Congress has embarked on a year-long celebration to mark
125 years of the formation of the party which will end with a
session of the AICC in the last week of December this year.

In addition, membership drive is going on and the
organisation elections are scheduled to be completed by
December next year.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, April 18, 2010 - 10:45

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