January 15, 2015 1:13:18 pm
A day after the All India Congress Committee cleared a 402-member executive committee in the state unit, three leaders have resigned from their respective posts in the committee, even as state president Nirmal Khatri claimed that the panel will be further expanded by adding those deserving candidates who have been left out. Those who have resigned include secretary Siraj Wali Khan, organisation secretary Vinod Mishra and executive member Ameer Haider.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Ameer Haider said, “I have not left Congress and have just resigned from the new committee because such a committee has no meaning. It is high time the Congress realises how to set its house in order to strengthen itself rather than coming out with such a committee.” The veteran leader added that he has resigned from the post to make the party realise that there is an urgent need to replan the party’s strategy for revival.
Meanwhile, Vinod Mishra alleged that some newcomers have been given more importance in the committee rather than the veterans. “Leaders like Hanuman Tripathi, Fazale Masood, Rakesh Singh, who have recently joined the party have been given places in the committee. There is no point standing with them in the same row,” said Mishra.
Siraj Wali Khan has reportedly resigned on the ground of negligence of senior leadership to accommodate new ones. Speaking to The Indian Express, Khatri said, “It is true that some deserving names have been left out due to errors but nothing can be said about those who have decided to leave. We have ensured that apart from due representation from all ends, at least 25 per cent fresh faces are also given an entry, which is necessary for the revival.”
“Actually the list was revised so many times that some names were omitted during typing, these deserving people would be given due place in the committee,” he added.
In another move to woo all members, the AICC decided to name four co-ordinators to manage its Lucknow city unit, with each getting 25 wards instead of declaring one president. However, following opposition from some leaders, the order had been put on stay for now.
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