The reorganization of the Pradesh Congress is almost finalized. The list of people to be inducted into the Pradesh Congress has been sent to the AICC general secretary, Ajay Maken for his approval. Maken initially had some objections over a few names in the list sent by the PCC president, Govind Singh Dotasara which was later revised.
The second phase of the civic poll for about 90 local bodies of 20 districts has been announced. This would mean the involvement of 29.51 lakh voters who would vote for 3,035 wards.
The election was expected to be held in February, but will now be held on January 28. Congress did well in the first phase of the election. Thus, in light of the second phase of the civic polls, Maken and senior leaders will have to decide on the reorganization of the Pradesh Congress.
What is the buzz in Congress?
There is speculation that since the civic polls have been announced and the entire process of electioneering will be complete by February 7, the re-organisation will be delayed and would be held only after the civic polls is over.
In the first phase of the polls, a large number of Independents won and they helped the Congress form the boards in local bodies. Thus the AICC is likely to ask senior leaders whether the announcement of the formation of the executive should be delayed or not. The party bosses in Delhi will go by the advice of the senior leaders on the issue.
The Pradesh Congress executive if announced before the second phase of the civic polls may lead to factionalism which the party wants to avoid.
But there is another section that feels it’s the right time to announce the new executive as it would infuse enthusiasm among the party’s cadre.
On the issue of political appointments, it is almost certain that these will be done after the second phase of civic polls. A list of political appointments that are to be made has been sent to Maken.
But such lists are usually approved by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. In this case, it is not known whether the list was sent by Gehlot or by the group led by former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot.
The Pilot faction is insisting on accommodating their loyalists in the political appointments to the various boards and corporations.
The sources close to Gehlot said the Chief Minister is in no hurry to make political appointments, though there is pressure on both him and Maken to do so.
But if the Chief Minister has his say, the political appointments would be done only after the budget session of the Vidhan Sabha in March.
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