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Salman Khursheed to head Congress in UP
Anita Katyal
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 6
The Congress today appointed Mr Salman Khursheed, a known Mulayum Singh Yadav baiter, as president of its Uttar Pradesh party unit, thus making it clear it is all set to battle the Samajwadi Party government in UP.

Mr Khursheed's formal appointment comes a day after Congress president Sonia Gandhi publicly confessed to the party's dismal state in Uttar Pradesh and promised organisational changes in its UP unit. She is acutely aware that Uttar Pradesh is crucial for the revival of the Congress.

This will be Mr Khursheed's second stint as president of the UP Pradesh Congress Committee (UPPCC).

By sending him back to Uttar Pradesh at this juncture when the Congress has touched an all-time low in the state and its organisation is in shambles, the Congress is hoping Mr Khursheed will rejuvenate the state unit and help revive the party's social base, which has eroded over the years.

Mr Khursheed is credited with the view that the Congress has necessarily to take on the Samajwadi Party, if it is to revive itself in Uttar Pradesh. Although the Congress is supporting the Mulayum Singh Yadav government, Mr Khursheed's arrival in UP is bound to witness an aggressive campaign against the SP government.

In fact, AICC circles were already rife with speculation that it is a matter of time before the Congress withdraws support to the SP government. Even a mid-term poll in Uttar Pradesh is not being ruled out.

Mr Satyavarat Chaturvedi, AICC general secretary in charge of UP, refused to comment on these reports, stating that their primary objective is to strengthen the party.



No-trust motion: Cong may abstain
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 6
The Congress is likely to abstain during the voting on the no-confidence motion which the BJP proposes to table against the Mulayum Singh Yadav government in the UP Assembly next week.

Senior AICC leaders said the Congress could not vote with the BJP as it would then be accused of supporting communal forces vis-a-vis a “secular” party. On the other hand, it could not go along with the Samajwadi Party as it will then be constrained in mounting an attack against the government.

It is, therefore, being suggested that the Congress members expose the UP Government’s poor performance in the course of the debate and walk out during the vote.


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