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Congress looking for rejig later this month, loyalists for key posts

New Delhi, September 16: Looking for revival for quite some time, the restructuring of the Congress party is on the anvil as Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi may announce her new team during Navratra, later this month.
A senior Congress leader said, “The party is looking for ideologically committed workers and leaders. Loyalty to the party and experience in handling party organisation will be the prime eligibilities in selecting people to key posts.”
After the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, there has been a spate of resignations from the party. In Maharashtra, Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil resigned to join the BJP government. While in Karnataka, the JD(S) – Congress collision government formed in 2018, was not able to keep its flock together and lost majority in 2019. In Goa too, its 10 MLAs resigned and joined the BJP.
Many big names like Congress’ Rajya Sabha MPs Bhubneswar Kalita, Sanjay Singh, former Uttarakhand chief minister Vijay Bahuguna and Rita Bahuguna too joined the BJP.
The new entrant in politics, Actor Urmila Matondakar too left the party last week.
Sonia Gandhi in an earlier meeting on September 12 termed the people leaving the party as “opportunistic”.
She has been meeting Congress district presidents, former state presidents as well as former MPs to arrive at any decision on names for new Pradesh Congress Committees (PCC) chiefs in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Delhi.
Earlier, in Haryana, she did not succumb to any threats from former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda or state president Ashok Tanwar, rather made Kumari Selja, family loyalist as the party chief in the state. She was an an agreeable name to both the leaders at loggerheads. Before the appointment of the Jharkhand PCC chief as well, she met all the stake holders in the state and appointed Rameshwar Oraon as the new president.
Party sources also said that most states will see new PCC chiefs soon. (Agencies)