THE Congress is desperately looking for a leader in Uttar Pradesh. What a paradox! A party which has seen the maximum number of Prime Ministers from the state is now searching for a President for the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee. Most of the party stalwarts are not interested in heading or don’t have the stamina to lead the outfit. The party’s situation can be gauged from the simple fact that the website of the UP Congress Committee does not have the photo of state president Nirmal Khatri but has the profile is of the past president, Rita Bahuguna. The biggest bottleneck foiling all progress is Pramod Tiwari, a nine-time MLA and member of the Rajya Sabha. He is known in Lucknow as “transfer posting Tiwari”. Sources disclosed that Rahul Gandhi has made up his mind to appoint Jitin Prasada as President, UPCC. Tiwari himself desires to be the state party president and if he is not in the reckoning then there should be a Muslim or a Thakur. Prasada is a Brahmin and son of a Congress stalwart, Jitendra Prasada. Tiwari is said to be Mulayam’s man in the Congress. When Tiwari saw that he did not have a chance for himself, he floated the name of a Kurmi leader, RPN Singh. Kurmis have never supported the Congress despite Beni Prasad Verma’s presence in the party. Insiders say that names are proposed, floated and lobbied for in the cocktail circle of UP leaders in Delhi, who have tremendous clout in the party. What should Rahul do?
VOL. 9, ISSUE 6 | SEPT, 2015