AICC shoots down PCC proposal for panel with 400 members

Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee finds itself in a spot of bother over the formation of its core panel that has been pending for over a year. The state unit had proposed a panel comprising 400 members that was shot down by AICC - the party high command.

While party leaders in the state tried to convince the party high-command, senior leaders including the Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi made it clear that a large committee was not acceptable. The state unit has now been assigned the task to bring it to under 200.

"It is difficult to trim the size of the committee before elections, especially when we had a huge committee in the past. We are, however, trying to complete the process and will announce the new panel soon," a senior party leader said.

Meanwhile, discussion on the proposed list of candidates for the 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state is also pending despite both the AICC and UPCC observers having sent their reports on the panel of names from each Lok Sabha constituency. This is when AICC general secretary, Madhusudan Mistry, had announced that the party will declare the first list of candidates by the end of this month.

Sources said that party leaders have now been set a January 10 deadline to complete all formalities.

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