State Cong rejig on AICC cards

NEW DELHI: The Congress high command may rearrange its chess board in Meghalaya as it faces a challenging game against the joint force of the BJP and regional parties.
Sources said the AICC will soon intervene so that the party does not go the Tripura way where it virtually became a non-entity from being a ruling force over two decades ago.
The Congress has a two-pronged strategy – to remove the inactive leaders and empower the active and powerful ones to bring back the balance in the party, the sources added.
Former AICC general secretary CP Joshi, who is responsible for almost all the defeats in the region, was already shown the door.
In his place, an old active hand Luizinho Faleiro has been inducted to inject a fresh lease of life to the party.
But Faleiro will wait till the election in Mizoram, the last of the eight states in the North East where the Congress is still in power.
The shock defeat in the state assembly elections followed by series of defeats in all by-polls barring Ampati which is pocket burrow of Mukul, during past six months has made the AICC to think about Meghalaya where it ruled for years without any interruption.
The party realises that if it does not intervene it might meet the same fate in the crucial 2019 Lok Sabha polls. “Each seat will count and each state will matter to the Congress,” the sources said.