Anita Katyal | Why Hemant stays; few takers for Tharoor as President of Congress

Few are excited about Shashi Tharoor’s plan to run for party chairman

Although he puts on a brave face, Congress has yet to accept Ghulam Nabi Azad’s decision to quit the party and the explosive content of his five-page resignation letter. Party leaders were tasked with verifying whether Mr. Azad acted alone or whether there were other dissidents who gave him their support. More importantly, they have been tasked with finding out who helped him write the much-talked-about letter. Everyone in Congress is convinced that the letter’s language and writing style indicate that it was not authored by Mr. Azad. However, party “sleuths” have not yet targeted anyone in particular, although the names of Kapil Sibal and Anand Sharma are mentioned in informal conversations. In addition to finding the real author of Mr. Azad’s letter, officials from various Congress party departments were also told to keep tabs on who is filing nominations for the party’s chairmanship as well as activities. other G-23 leaders who appear to be on the warpath again.

Meanwhile, G-23 members, who came together to write to Congresswoman Sonia Gandhi two years ago demanding internal party elections and effective leadership, are not only confused about their next decision, but are not on the same wavelength either. For example, few people are excited about Shashi Tharoor’s plan to run for party chairman. Leaders like Manish Tewari and Anand Sharma believe they have better credentials having come through the ranks and spent many years organizing the Congress, while Mr Tharoor is a relative newcomer to the party. At the same time, pro-changers are obviously not confident about contesting the October 17 election for the post of party leader as they keep changing the goalposts. The group began by pushing for internal elections, preferring that a non-Gandhi be put forward for the position. Now that elections have been announced and someone outside the Gandhi family is being considered for the top job, the G-23 is insisting on releasing the list of voters for a “free and fair election.” As elders, they are well aware that the list is never published in advance and is instead made available to candidates upon request, but they hope to discredit the electoral process by insisting on this point.

It has been more than a week since the Election Commission reportedly recommended that Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren be disqualified in an illegal mining case, but Governor Ramesh Bais has yet to act on the question. It appears that the Bharatiya Janata Party has asked the governor to slow down because the decision of the electoral commission is based on rules which disqualify Mr Soren but do not prevent him from running for office. This means that even if Mr Soren is disqualified as recommended by the electoral commission, he will only be removed from office for a brief period until a new election is notified. The BJP believes this could work to Mr Soren’s advantage as it will allow him to play the victim role and accuse the Center of acting against a tribal chief minister. The governor therefore sits on the recommendation, which gives the BJP enough time to organize defections from the ruling parties in Jharkhand. Both sides are locked in an eye-to-eye showdown. Time will tell who blinks first.

As previously reported, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami faces criticism not only from the opposition but also from his own party colleagues. He is currently in the dock after reports surfaced that members of the chief minister’s staff and those who work with other ministers and local BJP leaders have been integrated into the staff of the assembly. State in recent years. What makes matters worse is that those in power do not apologize for these appointments. Uttarakhand’s Minister of Women and Child Welfare, Rekha Arya, has publicly admitted that she asked the Livestock Department to give work to four unemployed boys, saying that as as a public representative, she had every right to write such letters. The Uttarakhand Kranti Dal was quick to shoot Mr. Dhami. In a tweet, he described him as the weakest chief minister who watched silently as his ministers justified their corrupt practices. The chief minister’s hands are tied as he was imposed on Uttarakhand by New Delhi, the tweet added.

As Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot emerged as the leading contender for the post of Congress President for which elections are held on October 17, party insiders are wondering if Sachin Pilot will be chosen to replace him in the State. It’s no secret that Mr. Gehlot and Mr. Pilot have been on a collision course since the formation of this government. But the leadership of Congress faces a serious dilemma. Since Mr. Pilot is seen primarily as a Gujjar leader, he risks alienating the numerically larger and more powerful Meena community given the long-standing rivalry between the two castes. On the other hand, Congress could find itself in the grip of another crisis if it ignores Mr. Pilot’s request.

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