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Cong appoints Ajay Maken, Jairam Ramesh, others to assess post-poll situation, suggest org changes


After dealing with defeat within the recently-concluded Meeting elections, Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday appointed Rajani Patil, Jairam Ramesh, Ajay Maken, Jitendra Singh and Avinash Pandey, to evaluate the post-poll state of affairs and recommend organisational adjustments in 5 states.

Ranjani Patil is the Goa chief, Jairam Ramesh for Manipur, Ajay Maken for Punjab, Jitendra Singh for Uttar Pradesh and Avinash Pandey has been appointed for Uttarakhand. 

All of the 5 PCC chiefs had been earlier requested to resign by Sonia Gandhi.

In the meantime, some leaders of the Congress’s ‘Group of 23’ met on the residence of former Chief of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad over dinner in the present day to work out the grouping’s future technique and talk about the get together’s ballot debacle within the just-concluded meeting polls.

Stories mentioned the grouping had earlier deliberate a dinner at Kapil Sibal’s residence, nevertheless it was modified on the final minute.

Among the many leaders who attended the assembly included Anand Sharma, Kapil Sibal, Manish Tewari, Shashi Tharoor and Sandeep Dikshit.

The ambit of the G-23 grouping elevated this time as some extra leaders – Patiala MP Preneet Kaur, former Gujarat chief minister Shankar Singh Vaghela, former union minister Mani Shankar Aiyar and former Haryana speaker Kuldeep Sharma joined them.

The grouping had given an open invite to different Congressmen to affix them on the dinner assembly.

The sources mentioned the assembly was convened to apprise all of the members of the G-23 in regards to the selections taken on the essential Congress Working Committee assembly on Sunday.

Two distinguished G-23 members Azad and Sharma would additionally apprise the opposite members of the developments on the CWC and what they spoke on strengthening the get together within the wake of the get together’s drubbing within the meeting polls in 5 states, they mentioned.

The Congress efficiency in these states was poor because it didn’t win again any of the 4 BJP-ruled states together with Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Uttarakhand and Manipur, whereas it misplaced Punjab to the AAP.

The G-23 grouping has been crucial of the get together management and has been demanding organisational overhaul, after they wrote a joint letter to Sonia Gandhi in 2020.

The sources mentioned invites had been additionally prolonged to the Congressmen who do not represent the bloc however really feel adjustments are required, together with on the management stage, to revive its electoral fortunes. The choice to convene a gathering of the G-23 got here got here a day after Sonia Gandhi sought the resignation of Congress presidents of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa following the get together’s dismal efficiency there.

Sibal, in his newest salvo concentrating on the management had mentioned the Gandhis ought to step apart and provides another chief an opportunity to helm the get together, upsetting a backlash from Gandhi household loyalists who accused him of talking the language of the BJP and the RSS.

The G-23 has, nonetheless, acquired weakened over time with senior chief M Veerappa Moily distancing himself from the group, Jitin Prasada becoming a member of the BJP, and Mukul Wasnik not attending its conferences in current instances.

With company inputs

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