Anita Joshua

NEW DELHI: Up against criticism over inclusion of Speaker Meira Kumar in the newly constituted Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee (BPCC) and identification of each member as per their caste, the Congress on Wednesday said it was in the process of enquiring into the matter to fix responsibility.

Also, there is talk of the Congress coming out with a new list after deleting the name of the Speaker. Though Congress spokesman Manish Tewari made no mention of any new list being issued, he said the party had no intention of dragging any constitutional functionary — especially the Speaker — into any sort of disrepute.

“How these documents [BPCC list with caste identities] became public and what was the thinking that went into the formulation of these documents — if at all these were correct — is a matter of enquiry and we are in the process of making those enquiries,” he said at the party’s routine briefing.

Congress general secretary, in-charge of organisational matters, Janardan Dwivedi, has been asked to look into the matter. The general impression is that the list was prepared for internal consumption and not for release to the media. Congress general secretaries claimed it was routine for caste, creed and regional identities to be flagged off when such lists are being drawn to ensure that all sections of society are represented in the final line-up.

“This is part of the spadework we do before we present a list to Congress president Sonia Gandhi as she is very particular that no section is left out. Obviously, it was not to be released to the media,” said a senior Congress leader, pointing out that usually lists issued by the party — both for contesting elections and appointments to party posts — are just names.

Meanwhile, this controversy has further fuelled the dissatisfaction within the Bihar unit of the party over the constitution of a new team of office-bearers ahead of Assembly polls.