In a strategy to revamp the state Congress party, Ashok Chavan, the president of Maharashtra State Congress Committee has dissolved 12 non- performing committees. A party source claimed that Chavan will appoint fresh and young leaders to boost the morale of party workers.
Chavan, who was appointed as the state chief in March 2015, took almost a year to form the executive committee of the state Congress. According to a party insider, Chavan was reviewing each committee since last week.
“He met the president of various committees and demanded a report card. It was brought to his notice that several committee chiefs had not appointed any deputy or officers under them and had not even held any specific programme for outreach,” said the party insider. The party functionary claimed that a few of these committees remained non-functional due to these non-performing leaders and hence they were dissolved.
The important committees which will be not be functioning till the new ones are formed, include the committee for social justice, higher and technical education, employment and self-employment cell, Kutchi-Gujarati cell.
The party has conducted elections to choose a leader at various stages. In such a situation, Chavan wants to appoint fresh leaders keeping in mind the next poll for both parliament and assembly that is scheduled for 2019. In August, once the national president is elected or nominated, some straightforward decisions are expected to be taken,” said a party insider.
Chavan on Tuesday claimed that the BJP government’s decision to waive off farm loans was taken with an eye on mid-term polls. “The manner in which the decision was taken signals that the BJP is preparing for mid-term polls,” said the former Maharashtra CM.
Congress will begin state-wide protests with slogan ‘Mazi Karjmafi Zalich Pahije’ from Wednesday. “The party will hold a signature campaign for those farmers who have not yet received benefit of loan waiver. The list of farmers with signatures will be submitted to the tehsildar,” said Chavan. He also said that P Chidambaram, senior party leader and former union minister will begin a campaign against GST.