POWER PLAY

RAHUL HAS MI­CRO- MAN­AGED CONGRESS THIS YEAR

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En­gi­neered

JY­OTI­RA­DITYA SCIN­DIA’s el­e­va­tion as chair­man of the cam­paign com­mit­tee for As­sem­bly polls in Mad­hya Pradesh, vir­tu­ally pro­ject­ing him as chief min­is­te­rial can­di­date de­spite op­po­si­tion from se­nior state lead­ers DIGVI­JAYA SINGH and AJAY SINGH.

Re­moved

MANI SHANKAR AI­YAR from the Ra­jiv Gandhi Pan­chay­ati Raj San­gathan and brought in Mand­saur MP MEENAKSHI NATARA­JAN to re- en­er­gise the or­gan­i­sa­tion, giv­ing her the op­por­tu­nity to draft pan­chay­ati raj poli­cies for the party.

Re­placed

JA­NAR­DAN DWIVEDI as chair­man of the me­dia cell, giv­ing the job to the more ag­gres­sive AJAY MAKEN. Party spokesper­son San­deep Dik­shit now has to re­port to Maken, mak­ing it clear that Maken was next in line af­ter Sheila Dik­shit in the Delhi Congress.

Moved

MAD­HUSU­DAN MISTRY from Kar­nataka be­cause he was sup­port­ing Mal­likar­jun Kharge for chief min­is­ter in­stead of Sid­dara­ma­iah. Gave UP to Mistry, re­mov­ing DIGVI­JAYA as the leader in- charge. Mistry han­dles Congress’s mi­nori­ties plan along with his UP as­sign­ment.

In­stalled

his trusted aide K. RAJU, a for­mer IAS of­fi­cer, as chair­man of Congress Sched­uled Caste depart­ment, a post ly­ing va­cant since 2008 when Yo­gen­dra Mak­wana had quit the party.

Put

C. P. JOSHI in charge of As­sam, Bi­har and West Ben­gal in June, clear­ing the deck for Chief Min­is­ter ASHOK GEHLOT in Ra­jasthan.

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