2024 Lok Sabha Elections: Congress is planning a major reshuffle in the party, Sonia Gandhi expected to continue as interim president!

2024 Lok Sabha Elections: Congress is planning a major reshuffle in the party, Sonia Gandhi expected to continue as interim president!

Sonia Gandhi is expected to remain the interim president of the Congress till the 2024 Lok Sabha elections and young faces of the party are likely to be appointed to key positions. Rahul Gandhi is unlikely to be appointed as Congress President. With the elections in mind, the oldest party is planning a major reshuffle in which Youth Congress leaders and Gandhi loyalists will get a significant role within the party organisation.

Hindustan Times quoted sources as saying that four working presidents are expected to be appointed in the party who will help Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in taking important decisions. Ghulam Nabi Azad, Sachin Pilot, Kumari Selja, Mukul Wasnik and Ramesh Chennithala are leading for the post of working president in Congress. However, there is no information about Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's new role. Currently, the Congress general secretary is ignoring the party's affairs in Uttar Pradesh, where elections are due next year.

Sonia Gandhi has been interim president of Congress for more than two years.

It has been more than two years since Sonia Gandhi took over as the interim president of the Congress and since then the oldest party has been deferring elections for the post of president. Earlier, there were reports that Rahul Gandhi would agree to take over the top post in the party. However, in May 2021, the Congress postponed the election of the party president citing the Corona situation in the country. Sources say that Rahul Gandhi wants to completely change the party organization.

Demand to be made new party chief continuously rising

Ever since Rahul stepped down as Congress President after the party's poor performance in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, there has been a demand for a full-time party chief. The oldest party is facing issues among party leaders in Rajasthan, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Kerala and Karnataka.

The tussle between Amarinder Singh and Navjot Singh Sidhu in Punjab and the Ashok Gehlot-Sachin Pilot feud in Rajasthan has tarnished the image of the Congress, which is working hard to keep its flock together.


The Center is trying to find a peaceful solution to the Assam and Mizoram border dispute, no plans for a CBI inquiry - officials informed

The Center is trying to find a peaceful solution to the Assam and Mizoram border dispute, no plans for a CBI inquiry - officials informed

The Center has no plans to have a neutral agency like the CBI probe the recent clashes along the Assam-Mizoram border , but is trying to resolve the dispute peacefully at the earliest. Two top government officials said that the central government does not want to take any such decision which will worsen the situation.

He said that the central government wants a peaceful solution to the current border dispute between Assam and Mizoram and Union Home Minister Amit Shah is in constant touch with both the Chief Ministers- Himanta Biswa Sarma (Assam) and Zoramthanga (Mizoram). Zoramthanga also tweeted, "I still hope for an amicable solution to the Assam-Mizoram tension from the Center."

He also tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Chief Ministers of Meghalaya, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Tripura and Sikkim in his tweet. At the same time, the Chief Minister of Assam said in his tweet, "Our main objective is to keep the spirit of the Northeast alive. What happened on the Assam-Mizoram border is unacceptable to the people of both the states. The border dispute can be resolved only through discussion.

The clash took place on 26 July

Asked whether the probe into the July 26 clash was likely to be handed over to a neutral agency like the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), both the top government officials said no decision has been taken in this regard yet. Five Assam policemen and a civilian were killed and more than 50 people were injured in the clash. Apart from this, neither state of Assam or Mizoram has made any formal request for a neutral agency to conduct an inquiry, he said.

One of these officials said, "Both the state governments are cooperating and the central government is confident that there will be no more clashes on the border." FIRs have been registered against political leaders, police and civil administration officials. Both the government officials mentioned the steps taken to reduce tension along the Assam-Mizoram border.

On July 28, a meeting was held under the chairmanship of Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla.

The Chief Secretaries and Director Generals of Police of both the states participated in a meeting chaired by Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla on July 28 in which it was decided to deploy a neutral force (CRPF) at the conflict site. Earlier, the two chief secretaries had met in a bilateral meeting in Delhi. After this, the central government issued an advisory to both the states asking them to maintain peace on the inter-state border. Both officials said the July 26 violence was a "sporadic" incident and such incidents are unlikely to happen again in future.