The trouble for Congress mounts as after Karnataka and Haryana, the party now faces turmoil in Madhya Pradesh. Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia has given a ten-day ultimatum to the party saying that unless he is made the Madhya Pradesh Congress chief, he will quit. He was made the General Secretary of Uttar Pradesh West ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. During Rahul Gandhi's resignation drama where the Gandhi scion resigned but almost every Congress leader refused to accept it, he was touted to be the next party chief by a faction in the party .
On Thursday, Maharashtra screening committee meeting held of which Scindia was part of. But, as per sources, Scindia is not happy with the post of chairman of the committee. According to sources, Scindia also says that he was promised for same but neither the deputy CM post or the PCC one was given to him. A faction in the Congress had also demanded him to become the Congress president, sources informed, following Rahul Gandhi's resignation.
The Congress leadership in Haryana is also facing crisis. As per sources, Congress is set to replace Haryana State party chief Ashok Tanwar to end bitter factionalism in the party in recent months. As the state of Haryana will witness the assembly elections later this year, Sonia Gandhi as a party chief has key challenges including to solve the factionalism in the state between former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Ashok Tanwar. On Wednesday, Hooda met Sonia Gandhi and said that party will not grow under Tanwar, said sources.
Karnataka Congress is also, as per sources, in despair. Despite losing power, Congress leaders in Karnataka continue squabbling over positions, this time the contention between seniors in the state unit are over positions of leader of opposition and Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president. After the dismal performance of Congress in Karnataka in Lok sabha elections, overhaul of the state leadership was on the cards but had been deferred till the change of leadership at AICC is finalised. With that accomplished, focus is back on the state leadership where the party has not performed. Sources have told Republic TV that the Congress high command is consulting with senior leaders in the state to seek their opinion on replacing the current KPCC chief Dinesh Gundurao under whose leadership the state failed to secure a majority in the assembly elections and was reduced to a single seat of 28 Lok sabha seats in the state.
Former chief minister Siddaramaiah has reportedly told the high command that he is against replacement of Gundurao as it would send a bad message to the voters and the cadre.But one man who has been pushing for a change of guard in DK Shivakumar who was in Delhi for four days last week, meeting senior leaders and lobbying for the position of KPCC president for himself. DKS, who has in the past served as a working president, has been politicking for the position, urging the leadership to entrust him with the responsibility of leading the party in case mid-term polls were to take place in the state. Shivakumar has been summoned by the ED