In its first major revamp in the party since the recent assembly elections, Congress on Sunday announced it had appointed Ghulam Nabi Azad and Kamal Nath as new General Secretaries.
Whil Azad has bee made in-charge of Uttar Pradesh, Kamal Nath will look after Punjab and Haryana affairs. Both Uttar Pradesh and Punjab are scheduled to go for crucial assembly elections in 2017.
Up until now, Madhusudan Mistry looked after Uttar Pradesh, while Shakeel Ahmed took care of Punjab and Haryana.
According to Congress insiders, today’s appointments are being seen as a precursor to further restructuring of the AICC Secretariat.
There are firm indications that Rahul Gandhi is now being lined up to take charge of the party and his elevation to the role of Congress’ President is a mere formality.
However, many have called today’s appointments as ill-conceived and even disastrous.
Kamal Nath is accused of being with the mob during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, even though Nanavati Commission did not find any truth in the allegations.
As for Azad, the leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha, was the general secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh, when it last governed the state under ND Tiwari in 1989.
Congress has, since then, not been able to recuperate in Uttar Pradesh.
Many senior party leaders have told www.jantakareporter.com in confidence that this is not the surgery they were expecting after dismal showing in the recnt assembly elections.