New DPCC chief likely to effect reshuffle

Newly appointed Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) chief Arvinder Singh Lovely is expected to effect a reshuffle in the organisation after December 25.

Sources said the reshuffle might see new faces being inducted into the state unit. Not only did the Congress manage to win only eight seats in the Assembly elections, five members of the former Congress cabinet including former CM Sheila Dikshit lost their seats. "The need of the hour is to start from scratch. Seats that we thought were definitely ours were lost. Changes in the DPCC will be made keeping in mind the voting trends," a DPCC office-bearer said.

Another factor being taken into account by the Congress is the fact that it needs to consolidate the youth votebank, and party sources said the reshuffle could see young leaders being a given role in the party.

Incidentally, Lovely has previously been the general secretary of the Delhi Pradesh Youth Congress and the National Students' Union of India. Speaking to Newsline after his appointment, Lovely, who is Delhi's youngest PCC chief, maintained he intended to engage with the youth. He admitted the party failed to connect with the common man.

"Congress is the oldest party and we will bounce back. I plan to engage with the youth in a big way if there is another election in Delhi," he said.

BJP rally<\b>

The Delhi BJP on Saturday announced that the party will organise an abhinandan rally on December 28 to thank the people of Delhi for their support in the recently concluded Assembly polls. While the elections threw up a hung Assembly, the BJP emerged as the single-largest party with 32 seats followed by the AAP with 28 seats. "In addition to expressing our gratitude, we would also be reiterating our commitment towards the people of Delhi and their welfare in this rally. The BJP remains committed to the people of Delhi and would continue with its efforts to connect with the people and raise their issues," Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel said.

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