Sonia May Rearrange Congress Shortly
New Delhi: A governmental restructure in the Congress is projected soon with clues that president Sonia Gandhi may send senior leaders to their home states heading for elections whereas leaving the younger ones comprising Rahul Gandhi to manage party work at the centre.
Sonia Gandhi is very eager to refurbish party units in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh where elections owe some time next year. To step up the party's chances, she is also planning to send former chief ministers Ashok Gehlot to Rajasthan and Digvijay Singh to Madhya Pradesh.
A party leader stated, “The Congress leadership feels that good strategy and a structured campaign can ensure election victory in the two states. Victory in the two states will be a major boost for the party's attempts to retain the present alliance. Many in the Congress feel that if the ruling UPA (United Progressive Alliance) sticks together for the polls, it will come back to power in 2009.”
Sonia’s restructure plans are projected to be based on the Congress’ noticeable hopefulness about its poll candidates in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and even Gujarat, where polls are due later on this year.
The opponent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) presently rules all three states.
A MP known for his loyalty to the Gandhi family said, “It (the AICC reshuffle) is expected to be a Rahul-centric one.”
“The Congress leadership including Soniaji is keen that Rahul should take a more active role in party affairs. Giving him the organizational responsibility will be a good idea,” the leader added, referring to the Amethi MP's reluctance to take on organizational charges.
“There have been repeated demands from the state units and party leaders for bringing in Rahul Gandhi to the organisational posts,” he recalled.