Ranchi: All India Congress Committee’s (AICC) central leader and former party national president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday hinted that the high command will not refrain from changing its ministerial faces in the incumbent coalition government in Jharkhand if the situation demands to strengthen the party ahead of the next parliamentary and assembly elections.
While speaking virtually on the final day of the three-day Chintan Shivir of the state party unit in Giridih, he said, “We have four ministers from the Congress quota in the state government here and the onus of strengthening the party and keeping workers and members motivated lies with them too. The party had considered ministerial faces following demands from its workers. And therefore, if logical demands rise from the grassroots to change the ministers, we will not refrain from doing so.”
Congress has four ministers from its quota in the current coalition government with JMM and RJD. Gandhi’s stern remarks on this issue were aimed at warning the current ministers to set aside any infightings or their personal qualms, for the betterment of the party. Also, it was an indirect hint to improve their performances, insiders said. Notably, a few MLAs since long have been critical of its ministers and lobbying for a change of faces in the cabinet.
State health minister and Jamshedpur West MLA Banna Gupta accused chief minister and JMM’s working president Hemant Soren of trying to kill the party (Congress) citing how the language row will adversely affect the grand old party. He said that he wont think twice to resign from the cabinet if unpopular and illogical decisions by CM threatens to wipe the existence of the Congress.
“Since it’s an in-house meeting, let me tell you that the biggest threat to Congress today is from CM and his party (JMM), which is trying all out to wipe our voters and party base,” he said.
Gandhi also asked the MLAs to equally be receptive towards workers at the grassroots, strengthen the party’s base and asked everyone to work as a unit to take on BJP and its allies nationally.
Lashing out at the BJP-led government at the Centre and the saffron camp, he said while they will continue to polarise and rake up issues to divide the country on different lines, Congress will continue to fight against it.
“Hindustan is a combination of different states and each has its unique identity. Congress will continue to keep the nation as one,” he said. “For us, Jharkhand is an important state and we must work to make it a model one in terms of governance by fulfilling aspirants of people and promises made to our voters,” he stressed.
AICC general secretary K V Venugopal, in his address virtually, said the party performed well in 2019 assembly polls despite several odds. “It’s time to use our presence in the government to strengthen the party and this state,” he said.
Party’s Jharkhand affairs’ in-charge Avinash Pande said the resolutions passed during the meeting will pave way for them to work towards emerging stronger in the 2024 polls. Regarding their coalition government, he said they will soon work with their alliance partners to prepare the common minimum programme and coordination committees among others.





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