Fresh snub to ‘Group of 23’: No place for Jitin Prasad, Raj Babbar as Cong announces UP poll team

Congress announced panels in the run-up to 2022 UP polls but it left out veteran leaders like Jitin Prasad and Raj Babbar from that list. They were among the 23 signatories who wrote letter to Sonia Gandhi, seeking sweeping changes in party.

Written by September 7, 2020 17:38

New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh elections may be far away now but the Congress has begun preparations and finalizing its core teams to prepare the party for upcoming 2022 assembly polls in the state.

Congress announced panels in the run-up to 2022 UP polls but it left out veteran leaders like Jitin Prasad and Raj Babbar from that list. They were among the 23 signatories who wrote letter to Sonia Gandhi, seeking sweeping changes in party.

Salman Khurshid, has been given the charge of leading the team that will draw up Congress manifesto in the state.
As per the press release from party, Congress loyalist and former Union minister Salman Khursheed will be leading the team creating the party’s manifesto for polls. Other names in the Manifesto Committee include PL Punia, Aradhana Mishra Mona, Vivek Bansal, Supriya Srinate and Amitabh Dubey.

The Outreach Committee comprises veteran leader Pramod Tiwari, Pradip Jain Aditya, Gajraj Singh, Naseemuddin Siddiqui, Imran Masood, Bal Kumar Patel. Meanwhile, the Membership Committee will include Anugrah Narayan Singh, Ajay Kapoor, BL Khabri, Mohd Muqeem, Kamal Kishor Commando and Ajay Rai.

Jitin Prasad

The Programme Implementation Committee of the party will include Noor Bano, Harender Malik, Praveen Aron, Jitendra Singh, Balkrishna Chauhan, Naseeb Pathan, Banshi Pahadia, Ram Jiyawan and Preeta Harit, while the Training and Cadre Development Committee has former UPCC Chief Nirmal Khatri, Harendra Agarwal, Hanuman Tripathi, Satish Rai, Dolly Sharma and Keshav Chand Yadav.

Announcing the Panchayat polls team, Congress included Rajesh Misha, Zafar Ali Naqvi, Rajaram Pal, Pradeep Mathur, Vinod Chaturvedi, Masood Akhtar and Ajay Pal Singh. The Media and Communication Advisory Committee will include veterans like Rashid Alvi, Akhilesh Pratap Singh, Virendra Madan along with Lalitesh Pati Tripathi, Surendra Rajput and Omkar Singh in the team

In an unprecedented move in the history of Indian National Congress, 23 senior leaders wrote a letter to party chief Sonia Gandhi last month, asking her for major party overhaul. That included five former chief ministers, sitting MPs Shashi Tharoor and Manish Tewari, members of Congress Working Committee and over a dozen former union ministers with years of political experience.