PATNA: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday told senior party leaders from Bihar that he plans to reconstitute the state Congress committee by appointing a new president to rejuvenate the organization in the wake of 2019 general election.
“I am aware of the organizational issues and will soon reconstitute the state committee,” Gandhi told party leaders from Bihar during a one-to-one interaction at his residence in New Delhi.
Gandhi had invited around a dozen prominent party leaders from Bihar at his residence to take their opinion on the selection of the new state president as well as to discuss strategies for contesting 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
The post of state Congress president is vacant since September 26 last year when former president Ashok Choudhary was removed unceremoniously on the charges of trying to split the 27-member Congress legislature party in Bihar. Subsequently, then state vice-president Kaukab Quadri was appointed working chief till a full-fledged president was appointed.
During the interaction with state leaders, Rahul discussed the strategy for the 2019 elections so that the grand alliance comprising Congress, RJD and HAM(S) could win all 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar.
“After having one-to-one meeting with Gandhi, I gathered an impression that the party high command has already made up its mind about the new BPCC president and today’s interaction was just a formal exercise before such appointment,” a senior leader who didn’t want to be identified told TOI over phone from New Delhi.
He said the name of new state president had almost been finalized and would be announced within a week.
“People have given their opinion. But the decision (about appointment of new state president) will be taken by Rahul Gandhi,” Shakeel Ahmad told reporters after his meeting.
“All invited people have given their individual opinions to Rahul Ji. He is seriously considering the issue of appointment of new BPCC chief. He will soon call another meeting of party heads and take a final decision,” the AICC secretary in charge for Bihar Rajesh Lilothia told reporters after the meeting.
Names of Shakeel Ahmad, Nikhil Kumar, former union minister and Rajya Sabha member Akhilesh Prasad Singh are doing the rounds in the party circles as probable new state presidents.