Gujarat MP Madhusudan Mistry, who has been appointed Congress general secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh, will look to play the role of an “organiser” rather than a “leader” since he is a “lesser known” figure in the State, according to a senior Congress leader.
“Since Mr. Mistry’s appointment, there have been discussions in the State Congress flanks about an outsider being given the charge of U.P., which has 80 Lok Sabha seats. He replaced senior leader Digvijay Singh, a Rajput, whose absence from the caste-sensitive State has been viewed by many as a possible blow to the party,” the Congress leader said.
“He [Mr. Mistry] has been known for his organisational skills and he will show the workers an organised system of working. He has not joined as a leader, but as an organiser,” the Congress leader added, while admitting the party’s organisational weakness in the State.
Also, while the Congress hopes that Mr. Mistry will “expose” the Gujarat model of development after the appointment of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s close aide Amit Shah as in-charge of U.P., the Congress leader said: “He [Mr. Shah] is a tainted politician. There is no contest.”
Along with Mr. Mistry, two U.P. leaders — Rampur MLA Sanjay Kapoor and Swaraj Jivan Balmiki from Mathura — have been appointed AICC secretaries.
On whether the move was to rally support in these areas, which lie in the western portion of the State, the Congress leader answered in the negative.
In the last general elections, the Congress had won most of its seats in the State in the north-central and the central Awadh region, but fared rather poorly in the western and eastern regions.