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Cong. to revamp U.P. unit

NEW DELHI MARCH 29. The Congress leadership is considering a revamp in its Uttar Pradesh unit. This, despite a last-ditch attempt by Sriprakash Jaiswal, present UPCC chief, to save his job.

Mr. Jaiswal's laidback style of functioning and his inability to provide even a semblance of leadership have not really endeared him to the AICC leadership. The party is keen on doing well in the next Lok Sabha polls.

Senior AICC functionaries feel that the results of the last Assembly elections do not tell the real story, and there is an undercurrent in favour of the Congress. They believe that failure to convert it into votes was because of organisational weaknesses. The search is on for a leader who will galvanise the party and work up an enthusiasm for it among the masses.The AICC office-bearers have been asked to sort out the problems within the party and fill up the vacancies. All the major players from Andhra Pradesh have been summoned to Delhi for a brainstorming session to sort out the problems. Similar exercises are expected with other PCCs also.The leadership appears keen on building on the momentum generated by the recent string of successes both in the Assembly elections and in the MCD polls. The broad contours of the strategy revolve around getting the 14 State Governments run by the party to perform well in contrast to their counterparts, and effect a change of personnel in the party organisation to impart the much-needed fillip.

Though the AICC leadership refuses to go on record, the party is quietly preparing itself for the eventuality of going to the hustings earlier than expected. Most senior leaders aver that the party will not do anything to destabilise the present Government, though it is preparing itself to deal with " any unexpected developments''. The Congress leaders believe that the unravelling of the NDA has begun, and though it may not result in something dramatic immediately, there is a distinct possibility that things could come to a head and the situation may spiral out of the control of the NDA leaders.

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