A brand new state unit of Congress in Rajasthan can be in place by the year-end and chairpersons for boards of firms can be appointed by January 31 after holding wide-ranging consultations and guaranteeing equitable distribution to all sections, AICC basic secretary in-charge for the state Ajay Maken stated right this moment.
He additionally stated the Congress social gathering in Rajasthan is united and there’s no menace to its authorities within the state led by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, as he asserted that the BJP would miserably fail in the event that they attempt to convey it down once more.
The Congress chief stated Mr Gehlot is an sincere politician and an skilled warhorse, whereas he additionally described Sachin Pilot as an asset for the social gathering.
The Congress authorities in Rajasthan was on the breaking point after Pilot together with 19 disgruntled MLAs raised a banner of revolt earlier this 12 months.
Hectic consultations with insurgent leaders led by Pilot helped the Congress save its authorities and its state unit from a division. Congress president Sonia Gandhi had arrange a three-member panel of Mr Maken, AICC basic secretary organisation KC Venugopal and senior social gathering chief Ahmed Patel to iron out variations inside the state management.
Mr Maken stated the panel met thrice in August-September, however after the demise of Patel, the 2 different members — he and Venugopal — met final week and stuck deadlines for appointing a brand new PCC (Pradesh Congress Committee) physique and heads of boards and firms within the state.
The challenge has been lingering for a while and the factions inside the state Congress don’t need to be overlooked.
“We have charted out a course of action in detail. We have fixed some deadlines which have been communicated to the CM, PCC President, Sachin Pilot and others. The ongoing phase of the local body elections in Rajasthan would be over by December 20. Soon after that, within 10 days, before the end of this month, the PCC President will submit his proposal for the PCC Executive body for further approval of the AICC President,” Mr Maken stated.
He stated the deadline for searching for approval of the AICC President for appointing the heads of Boards and Corporations has additionally been fastened as January 31.
“Equitable distribution and wide-ranging consultations, above the group line, is the mantra given to the state leaders in finalizing these proposals,” he stated.
Mr Maken stated he has met all of the leaders and MLAs within the state and has been in fixed contact with Pilot.
PCC chief Govind Singh Dotasara can also be in contact with all former PCC chiefs, together with Pilot, and is holding discussions with them for accommodating all grass-root staff within the new physique.
Mr Maken stated a coverage route has been given to the state unit chief for guaranteeing equitable distribution of posts amongst real and deserving social gathering staff and leaders whereas chopping throughout group traces.
“Care was taken in appointing observers and distribution of party tickets to ensure that winnability and deserving candidates are given preference over petty group considerations and we have succeeded in that,” he stated.
The challenge of revolt inside Rajasthan Congress got here out within the open once more after Mr Gehlot stated not too long ago that “BJP may again try to topple the Rajasthan Government… Last time, we had to expel senior Congress leaders and then only we were able to save the Government…”.
On the chief minister’s declare that the BJP might once more attempt to topple its authorities in Rajasthan, Mr Maken stated one has seen how the BJP indulges in “subverting mandate of the people by using every corrupt means available to influence, coerce and allure opposition MLAs using its money, muscle, and institutional power”.
“Using these immoral and undemocratic tactics, they were successful in some states including Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. But when the BJP tried in Rajasthan, they failed miserably. Because here, not even one of the 123 MLAs supporting the Congress Government fell prey to their tactics,” he stated.
“We have been successfully able to unite all MLAs and senior leaders of Congress party and this unity has reflected in the local body elections, in which we have got the best-ever results,” he stated.
Claiming that Rajasthan can boast of essentially the most succesful galaxy of robust Congress leaders, he stated: “Ashok Gehlot is an honest politician and an experienced war-horse. Sachin Pilot is an asset for the Party. The incumbent PCC President Govind Singh Dotasara is a grass-root worker.”
Asked about how critical is the specter of BJP toppling its authorities, Mr Maken stated: “As long as we are united, I do not see any threat to our government. They (BJP) may try again, but they will fail miserably again. Rather, the BJP should take care of its own divided house.”
On Sachin Pilot, the AICC basic secretary in-charge of Congress within the state stated he has from day one stated that he won’t ever be part of the BJP and he has at all times been an vital member of the Congress household. He stated even not too long ago, he extensively campaigned for the Congress Party in Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and UP elections.
Mr Maken stated the Congress bought the very best ever vote share each in share and in absolute quantity in Rajasthan native physique polls and this is able to not have been attainable with out a united Congress.
“So far, the performance of our Rajasthan Government has been exemplary. If united, and with equitable distribution of power amongst the deserving workers, no one can stop us from winning in 2023 and breaking this record,” he stated.
Besides, additionally it is a sign of the recognition and excessive approval scores of the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress authorities and claimed that the social gathering goes to do exceedingly properly in different ongoing native physique elections.
Asked if the Congress was robust in Rajasthan, he stated from an citizens of round 22 lakh voters Congress received the not too long ago concluded Municipal Elections in Jaipur, Jodhpur and Kota.
The Congress Party for the primary time in historical past has 4 out of six mayors in these cities, confirming the resounding help for the Congress Party in city areas of Rajasthan, which have been identified to be a standard stronghold of the BJP, he stated.
“In these urban centers, we got the highest ever vote share both in percentage and in absolute number. This would not have been possible without a united Congress,” he stated.
Mr Maken additionally claimed that the Congress authorities in Rajasthan has been praised for its dealing with of the COVID-19 disaster, as Bhilwara mannequin was hailed globally. He stated the state additionally has the bottom per capita COVID-19 mortality price within the nation.
He additionally stated that Rajasthan is simply one of many two states, which is doing solely RT-PCR check and has not performed Rapid-Antigen check.
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