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Ajay Maken cuts short Rajasthan visit

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AICC general secretary in-charge of Rajasthan Ajay Maken, who has been assigned the job to ascertain the ground situation and resolve differences within the Rajasthan Congress, will return to the state soon.

Ajay Maken had to discontinue meeting with party workers because of the state mourning announced following the death of former President Pranab Mukherjee.

Maken was to stay for five days, but had to cut short the trip and returned after two days.

During his visit to Rajasthan, Ajay Maken met ministers and party workers. He was briefed on the performance of the state government. The ministers talked about how the various departments were working in tandem to fulfill promises made in Congress manifesto.

The majority of the ministers informed him that they have been able to meet 70 per cent of the targets enumerated in the manifesto. They claimed that remaining targets will be met within the remaining three-and-a-half years of the Gehlot government.

Maken unconvinced

Despite the tall claims by the ministers, Maken seemed unconvinced because of the negative feedback of the party workers.

The party workers complained that the government officials were not listening to them. The apathy of ministers was a common complaint of the party workers.

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Maken has asked the ministers through the RPCC president Govind Singh Dotasara to send a written report of their respective departments with all the details. The RPCC is contemplating to go before the people on October 2 with a report card of the government.

Cabinet expansion deferred indefinitely

The cabinet expansion has been deferred indefinitely. Maken is yet to meet the leaders of the various divisions and after the meeting, he would give a report to the party. Moreover, the expansion of the Cabinet looks difficult because of the forthcoming civic elections.

The civic elections in Rajasthan were postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the court has ordered that it should be completed by October. Thus, an expansion before the civic poll also looks difficult.

The expansion of the Cabinet will also have to wait for the report of the three-member committee headed by Ahmed Patel. The committee has been entrusted to hear the grievances of Sachin Pilot and his group of dissidents. While Sachin has deposed before the committee in Delhi, the other dissidents are yet to be heard. The committee also comprises of AICC organisational secretary KC Venugopal and Ajay Maken.

 

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