In possible signs of him being sidelined by the party, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh lost his position as Congress general secretary following his removal as party’s Andhra Pradesh in-charge, PTI has reported.
This meant that Digvijaya lost his last standing All India Congress Committee (AICC) role, which had already seen a depletion after he was earlier removed as general secretary in-charge of states like Goa, Karnataka and Telangana.
The role of Digvijaya Singh was in turn given to former Kerala chief minister and solar scam accused Oommen Chandy. Another general secretary CP Joshi too lost his general secretary role in the states of West Bengal and Andaman & Nicobar islands. He was replaced by Gaurav Gogoi – son of former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.
Such a reshuffle naturally raises the question whether the party was unhappy with Digvijaya’s performance, or whether it now wants him to totally focus on the upcoming Madhya Pradesh elections, following his appointment as the party’s coordination committee chairman in the state.
It was famously reported how Digvijaya had been held accountable for failing in his role as the Goa in charge when the Congress failed to form a government in the state despite emerging as a single largest party.
As reported by us, the then party state chief Luizinho Faleiro had attacked Digvijaya for his inaction which led the party losing out on power. As per him, Congress was in pole position to form the government, with the state unit wanting to stake the claim.
But Faleiro claimed that Digvijaya stopped him from approaching the Governor, in spite of having a letter ready. He said Digvijay Singh felt that the Governor should come to them, and they should not approach her. He also claimed that Digvijaya wanted to bide his time until they got the support of 24 MLAs, which never happened.