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PPCC revamp on the cards

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Rajmeet Singh

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 9

Five months after the Congress national president Sonia Gandhi dissolved the "top-heavy" Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC),an announcement on a revamped state unit is on the cards before the end of this month.

New faces may come

The revamping will enable the party leadership in bringing new faces and energising the party's rank and file — Senior party leader

An attempt is being made to trim down the structure and make it more effective, said party leaders.

After a meeting last week, another round of meeting between Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, AICC general secretary and Punjab affairs in charge Asha Kumari and PPCC president Sunil Jakhar is expected in the coming days before the names are shortlisted and sent for approval to the party president.

The revamp is being done keeping in mind various power equations within the party and recent outburst by some of the party MLAs over the functioning of the government. Though most of the MLAs seem to have been pacified, it is yet to be seen what responsibilities will be assigned to legislators in the run-up to the 2022 Assembly elections.

In the last one year, Captain Amarinder-led government has appointed half-a-dozen MLAs as CM's political advisers with Cabinet ranks, besides appointing senior leaders as heads of public sector undertakings. "The revamping will enable the party leadership in bringing new faces and energising the party's rank and file," said a senior party leader.

The revamping will include changing at least six district unit presidents. Like the Ropar district president Barinder Dhillon has been elected as the president of the Punjab Youth Congress unit. This time, a comparatively thinner body is likely to be announced. Punjab affairs in charge Asha Kumari said a meeting with the Chief Minister and the PPCC has to take place before the list is finalised.

It may be mentioned that Sunil Jakhar had resumed his charge as PPCC chief in September last year after his resignation post-defeat in the 2019 Parliamentary elections was rejected by the party president.



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