Yuvraj takes centrestage: Congress old-timers to report to Rahul Gandhi
- Nov 01, 2012, 09:47 AM IST
New Delhi: After leaving his imprint in the recent Cabinet reshuffle of the Union Council of Ministers, Congress’ yuvraj Rahul Gandhi will now execute changes in the party organisation.
It will see Rahul playing a greater role. Not only will Rahul's number two status be institutionalised by re-designating him as secretary general, vice-president — or some such title — as he is brought into mainline decision-making, he is also likely to appoint as many as 15-odd new party secretaries, a majority of them from among young MPs.
It is among the party secretaries that the generational change is likely to be most visible: currently, of the 35 party secretaries, six are believed to have been his choices — Ashok Tanwar, Jitendra Singh, Meenakshi Natarjan, Priya Dutt (all MPs), Manish Chatrath and Shanimol Osman. Of these, Singh, Natarajan and Osman are currently attached to Gandhi’s office as secretaries, a report in The Hindu said.
Singh has already been rewarded: in the recent ministerial changes, he was moved up from MoS to independent charge of Youth and Sports Affairs. Natarajan, party sources said, may therefore get Rahul’s current portfolio — Youth Congress and NSUI — even though she may not be designated as general secretary. Of the possible new secretaries, four whose names were mentioned as possible junior ministers — Rajasthan’s Jyoti Mirdha (40) and Harish Choudhary (42), Tamil Nadu’s Manicka Tagore (37) and West Bengal’s Mausam Noor (33) — could make it, the Hindu added.
To accommodate and utilise the “experience” of old-timers, there is a suggestion to establish a Congress advisory council, with party seniors such as Makhan Lal Fotedar, RK Dhawan, Mohsina Kidwai, Dr. Karan Singh and SC Jamir — all currently permanent invitees to the Congress Working Committee — leaving the day-to-day handling of party matters to Rahul, who will then act on the advice of his mother Sonia Gandhi.
The big reshuffle on Nov 4
The much-awaited reshuffle of India's grand old party is expected to happen on November 4.
The buzz has it that the Congress reshuffle might see Rahul Gandhi take on as vice-president or working president.
If reports are to believed, the reshuffle would take place on November 4, when the Congress has planned a big rally in Delhi that will be addressed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.
AICC leaders, central ministers, chief ministers, members of Parliament and state unit chiefs will also attend the rally.
The reshuffle is likely to prepare a team that will take on the challenges of nine assembly elections in 2013 and the big poll battle of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
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