Sonia moves into gear.

Sonia moves into gear.

Congress to bring in ‘one man one post’ formula in party soon

Kamal Nath meets Sonia Gandhi to discuss 'one person one post' in MP

Prashun Bhaumik | New Delhi | 22 November, 2021 | 11:10 PM

The Congress is gearing up to implement the 'one man one post' scheme soon as the party has decided that no one will get dual assignments. The idea behind implementing this formula is to accommodate more people in the organisation, and in the government.

The Congress’ reforms may start from Madhya Pradesh where former chief minister Kamal Nath is holding the dual office of state President and the leader of the legislative party.

On Monday, Kamal Nath met Congress chief Sonia Gandhi along with state in-charge Mukul Wasnik. After the meeting, he said he will abide by whichever role the party decides for him.

The Congress started the process from Jharkhand when it removed Rameshwar Oraon as state president, and in Maharashtra, Balasahab Thorat was replaced by Nana Patole as Thorat was a minister in the state cabinet. In Rajasthan, three people who quit ministerial positions were appointed in the AICC.

The Congress is pushing reform within the party despite pressure from senior leaders and giving more chances to the younger lot in the party, and the government.

Currently, Congress floor leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury is holding the post of president of the West Bengal Congress unit while Randeep Surjewala is General Secretary in-charge of Karnataka and Communication.

BC Das is in-charge, Manipur and Bihar. There are several other leaders in the party holding dual posts.

The process will be implemented at the AICC level too where the in-charges holding dual post or having assignment of two states may have to shed one responsibility as the Congress is trying to accommodate more people within the party.

The Congress has given the party leadership in Kerala to younger individuals despite resistance from seniors like Oommen Chandy and Ramesh Chennithala.

Also, the state president in Assam was changed but the party is yet to decide on the leadership issue in Bihar and Gujarat where the state leaders have resisted any move to appoint younger leaders by ignoring the veterans.

The Gujarat leaders have already made this clear to state in-charge Raghu Sharma, while a proposal to appoint a new state president in Bihar is pending with the party leadership

Kamal Nath and state in-charge Mukul Wasnik met Congress President Sonia Gandhi here on Monday to discuss the issue of ‘one person one post’ in the state.

The Ashok Gehlot cabinet in Rajasthan was expanded following the format of ‘One person one post’ on Sunday, after which three ministers had to resign for holding other posts in the state.

On Monday, after the meeting concluded, Kamal Nath came out of Sonia Gandhi’s residence and said that the party’s top leadership will decide.

He added that the discussion on this has been going on for a long time and changes have been made in Rajasthan on the same pattern. If the Congress President approves it for Madhya Pradesh, the party leaders will implement it soon. He said that he wants to work for the state now and does not want to join central politics at the moment.

However, if ‘One person one post’ is implemented, Kamal Nath might also lose a post.

A few days before Parliament’s winter session begins, this meeting of Kamal Nath is considered important as his dialogue with the MPs of the G-23 group has been going on. As the Congress can give important responsibilities to the senior leaders in the electoral states, this meeting with the Congress President was considered essential.

He is also trying to unite other opposition parties on behalf of Sonia Gandhi, who has entrusted him with the responsibility.

Meanwhile, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee is in Delhi on a four-day visit, during which discussions regarding ‘One person one post’ are expected to be held. (IANS)