Congress or­gan­i­sa­tional re­jig likely only af­ter Gu­jarat polls

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - FRONT PAGE - Saub­hadra Chat­terji ■ let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: The much-an­tic­i­pated reshuf­fle of the Congress party may take place only af­ter the Gu­jarat elec­tions, top sources in the party said.

The re­jig in the party, af­ter the reshuf­fle of the Union coun­cil of min­is­ters last month, is an­tic­i­pated as a ma­jor ex­er­cise with an eye on the 2014 gen­eral elec­tions.

The as­sem­bly polls in Gu­jarat are sched­uled in two phases on De­cem­ber 13 and 17. The count­ing will take place on De­cem­ber 20, along with Hi­machal poll count­ing. The party may also opt to hold its chin­tan shivir (brain­storm­ing ses­sion) at Jaipur ahead of the or­gan­i­sa­tional reshuf­fle. A sec­tion of the

WITH THIS RESHUF­FLE, LIKELY TO BE THE LAST AHEAD OF 2014 POLLS, RAHUL MAY GET MORE RE­SPON­SI­BIL­I­TIES

party feels that the brain­storm­ing ses­sion will en­able the party to set its pri­or­i­ties and goals and the lead­ers can be given as­sign­ments ac­cord­ingly.

Po­lit­i­cal cir­cles are abuzz with the pos­si­bil­ity of Rahul Gandhi for­mally as­sum­ing a larger re­spon­si­bil­ity in the Congress or­gan­i­sa­tion. Gandhi had once again turned down the of­fer top join the Union cab­i­net last month and in­di­cated that he wants to re­main fo­cused on re­ju­ve­nat­ing the party.

Party sources sug­gested that many lead­ers are cur­rently busy with the Gu­jarat cam­paign. The on­go­ing Par­lia­ment ses­sion-that is sched­uled till De­cem­ber 20is also keep­ing the party brass oc­cu­pied.

The reshuf­fle is also likely to be the last one be­fore the 2014 polls. In the re­cent cab­i­net reshuf­fle, se­nior lead­ers like Am­bika Soni, Mukul Was­nik and Su­bodh kant Sa­hay were di­vested of their min­is­te­rial re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to as­sign key or­gan­i­sa­tional jobs. Th­ese former min­is­ters along with other se­nior lead­ers like Mad­husu­dan Mistry are set to get cru­cial re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. Mean­while, Rahul Gandhi has been handed over the charge of the co­or­di­na­tion com­mit­tee and he would be as­sisted by three sub-pan­els.

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