Congress to re-jig govt, party in some states

With the debacle in recent Assembly polls coming as a jolt, Congress is planning major changes in government and the party in some states.

Updated: Apr 09, 2012, 22:55 PM IST

New Delhi: With the debacle in recent
assembly polls coming as a jolt, Congress is planning major
changes in government and the party in some states in an
apparent bid to prepare itself to face the next Lok Sabha
polls.

A senior party leader said the changes could also involve
government and organisation in some party-ruled states.

The changes will be carried out after the A K Antony
Committee, which is reviewing the defeat in Uttar Pradesh,
Punjab and Goa and not-so-good show in Uttarkhand, submits its
report by the month end. The budget session of Parliament
concludes on May 22.

Changes being contemplated will be "neither cosmetic nor
drastic" and would be aimed at bringing new faces to the
fore to help face the challenge of 2014 parliamentary
elections, the leader said.

A number of ministers from Uttar Pradesh had courted
controversy during the Assembly elections. Congress President
Sonia Gandhi has already ruled out change of Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh in the wake of the electoral verdict.

A number of PCC Chiefs have to be appointed including
those in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Mumbai and
there is talk that the party organisation in Uttar Pradesh
will be changed even at the district level following the poll
debacle.

Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh is under opposition
attack in the wake of the Supreme Court observations in the
case relating to land allotment to Subhash Ghai`s Whistling
Woods Institute as also in a CAG report which is yet to be
tabled in the Maharashtra Assembly.

Unease is growing in the party in Madhya Pradesh, Bihar,
Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal and Tamil
Nadu and Andhra Pradesh which had returned spectacular results
for Congress in the last two Lok Sabha elections.

PTI