Old Loyalists In Uttar Pradesh Congress Red Flag Infiltration Of Far-Left In State Leadership
Miffed by the push out in the new scheme of things, the veterans have written a letter to senior leader A K Antony.
Troubles have still not ended for the Congress in Madhya Pradesh and it is struggling against a new challenge in Uttar Pradesh (UP).
According to a report, the party's cadre is witnessing the "invasion of red army" in the state cadre.
A report in the Times of India says that the Congress unit in UP is "suddenly finding key posts occupied by imports from Left outfits." The party which saw a humiliating defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls in the state as well as on the national front, has seen new entrants.
The entry of Sandeep Singh who happens to be "Priyanka Gandhi's personal assistant" marked the beginning of the trend even before the Lok Sabha polls.
Singh is a students' leader from the All India Students' Association (AISA) -- a wing of the CPI (M-L) and comes from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi.
Party veterans who have been expelled have raised concern on the fresh influx from the outside. They have warned that at a time when powerful leaders are leaving the Congress, their own presence should have been valued.
The report says, "there is an influx of young netas from Left outfits handling key positions like administration head and social media in charge." According to the report, most "imports" are from AISA and the Rihai Manch.
In 2017, the Hindustan Times said this on its report on Rihai Manch: "Apart from giving legal assistance, Rihai Manch highlights through social media the loopholes in cases such as the Bhopal encounter of eight Students Islamic Movement of India men."
The TOI report says,
Mohit Pandey, another former AISA functionary, is the social media head of UPCC. Shahnawaz Husain, formerly with Rihai Manch which is known for its advocacy of terror suspects, is now head of UPCC’s minority cell. Dinesh Singh, in charge of party administration, is an old AISA hand. Besides, Yunus Baig, in charge, social media, is from Rihai Manch.
While the new entrants take prominent posts in party affairs, old loyalists, the report says, are being shown the exit door. Among these are veterans who have stood with the state unit and the party through thick and thin and through poll battles over the decades.
Among these are veterans who were staunch loyalists of former prime minister, late Indira Gandhi.
Miffed by the push out in the new scheme of things, the veterans have written a letter to senior leader A K Antony saying that they are not being heard even when they want to continue serving the party.
What seems to have hurt one of the workers who has not been named in the report, is that the veterans and loyalists have "been bundled out by none other than Indira's granddaughter Priyanka." They have demanded action against the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee office-bearers.
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