Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala

The Congress has unleashed all its firepower in Bihar with the social gathering’s central management virtually taking management of the state unit, monitoring day-to-day ballot preparations and supervising coordination with alliance companions forward of the upcoming meeting elections.

This is maybe for the primary time that the All India Congress Committee (AICC), the social gathering’s central unit, has taken full cost of election administration and preparations throughout any state polls, individuals conscious of the event mentioned.

“The Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) and state leaders have taken a backseat and we see AICC functionaries running the show, micro-managing the election preparedness besides the campaign and media strategy,” senior social gathering chief from Bihar Kishore Kumar Jha mentioned.

Another Congress chief mentioned on situation of anonymity that normal secretary and chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala had nearly turn into the face of the social gathering in Bihar. “From party’s election management to devising campaign strategy to coordination with alliance partners, Surjewala is holding the fort. The state leaders are feeling completely sidelined,” he added.

The transfer adopted allegations of irregularities in choice of social gathering candidates and rising dissidence within the state unit. Vociferous protests over the supply of election tickets to “tainted and incompetent” leaders within the first record prompted former Congress president Rahul Gandhi to step in to douse the hearth by forming six panels to supervise the social gathering’s preparations for the polls, set for October 28, November three and November 7.

A piece within the Congress was upset over denial of tickets to younger leaders resembling Kesar Singh, Tarun Kumar, Jai Prakash Choudhary, Rashid Fakhri and Sanyogita Singh.

The Congress excessive command swung into motion and instantly rushed a group of its senior central leaders to Bihar to supervise election administration.

On October 11, the Congress introduced varied committees with overriding powers for the meeting elections.

Surjewala is heading the election administration and coordination committee with former normal secretary Mohan Prakash as its convenor whereas spokesperson Pawan Khera is in-charge of the media panel.

However, Bihar Congress president Madan Mohan Jha, Congress legislature social gathering chief Sadanand Singh and Rajya Sabha member Akhilesh Prasad Singh, in opposition to whom state leaders raised the banner of revolt, had been saved out of those committees.

Three days later, seven AICC secretaries – Jitender Baghel, Sudhir Sharma, Chella Vamshi Chand Reddy, Gurkirat Singh Kotli, Mahendra Joshi, Qazi Mohammad Nizamuddin and Rajesh Dharmani – had been deployed in Bihar to help the central group.

The social gathering has additionally established a struggle room in Patna and handed over its cost to former Jharkhand unit president Dr Ajoy Kumar, who had stop the Congress final yr to hitch the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) however rejoined it final month. Kumar, a former Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, had served as superintendent of police, Patna, in 1986.

The Congress has additional deployed 70 observers in 70 constituencies it’s contesting as a part of the ‘Mahagathbandhan,’ or grand alliance, together with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Left events. Out of the whole 243 seats, the RJD is contesting 144 and the Left events 29. The allies have additionally shaped a political coordination committee that meets each day to debate the ballot preparations and iron out localised and constituency-specific variations.

To help Khera, the social gathering additionally appointed particular coordinators, together with Sanjeev Singh and Abhay Dubey, who had been drawn from the AICC’s communication division.

But Surjewala mentioned it’s a routine that the AICC follows in each state election and the central group’s position in Bihar is to assist the efforts of the native management.

“We are involved in election management and the operational part is completely in the hands of the state leadership. My role is also to persuade the dissidents and organise programmes and star campaigners, looking at the war room and media management. There is complete coordination between the two units,” he added.

The transfer was necessitated by the truth that many state leaders are concerned in ballot preparations and campaigning, Surjewala mentioned, including the Bihar Congress president is busy within the legislative council elections on October 22.

Patna-based political analyst Ajay Kumar Jha, who was beforehand related to the AN Sinha Institute of Social Studies, mentioned the Congress’s transfer may very well be attributed to a few components – a scarcity of robust management within the state, infighting and allegations in ticket distribution.

“Helplessness in handling local issues by the local leadership also prompted the Congress high command to take these corrective measures,” he added.


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