Dissent in UP Congress comes to fore

Dissent in UP Congress today came to the fore with a UPCC office bearer asking Sonia Gandhi not to appoint Rita Bahuguna Joshi as its president again.

Last Updated: Sep 06, 2010, 19:17 PM IST

Lucknow: Dissent in Uttar Pradesh Congress
today came to the fore with a UPCC office bearer asking Sonia
Gandhi not to appoint Rita Bahuguna Joshi as its president
again, accusing the latter of not giving proper representation
to the most backward castes in the party`s state unit.

"In the Pradesh Congress Committee elections, Joshi
adopted a pick and choose policy and gave place to only those
close to her. Due to this there is resentment in the party,"
UPCC Secretary Chowdhury Lotan Ram Nishad said in a letter to
AICC chief Sonia Gandhi requesting her not to repeat Joshi as
UPCC chief.

"Making her state president again will not be "shubh"
(lucky) for the party", he said.

Of the 837 PCC members there were only 8 from the most
backward castes which constitute 38 per cent of the state`s
total population, he claimed accusing Joshi of ignoring the
most backwards.

He said that in the last Lok Sabha elections, most
backwards openly supported the Congress party and they should
be given due place in the party for fulfilling mission 2012.

Suggesting names of Rajeshpati Tripathi, Jitin Prasada,
Annu Tondon, Vivek Singh, Ram Asrey Yadav, RPN Singh for the
post of President, he said that selection of any of them would
help control dissent in the party.

PTI