Bhuria’s waning enthusiasm
Posted May 18, 2011on:
When Kantilal Bhuria led a huge procession of Congress workers from the airport to the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) office in Bhopal to take charge as PCC president in mid-April, he was bubbling with enthusiasm; he had spelled out his objective of rejuvenating the Congress in the State and throwing off the “corrupt” BJP government of Shivraj Singh Chauhan in the next Assembly elections. He had also made it clear during his first formal interaction with the media persons that he would not resign as Union minister of tribal welfare.
Much of that enthusiasm has petered away by now. Bhuria air dashes to the State generally on weekends, addresses party workers’ meetings, mostly at urban centres, in a peremptory manner and pushes off to Delhi. He has neither constituted the party’s working committee nor appointed other office-bearers. Not only that, he has not even made any changes in the monolithic staff at the PCC office.
The reason for his waning enthusiasm is not far to seek. Ajay Singh (Rahul Bhaiya), the late Arjun Singh’s MLA son, was named as Leader of Opposition in the Assembly by the Congress high command around the time Bhuria was named as the PCC chief. Soon thereafter, Ajay Singh dropped not-so-subtle hints that he would be the candidate for the post of chief minister if the Congress wins in the next elections. AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh (the force behind the appointment of the two) has now announced that Bhuria will soon be asked to resign from the Union cabinet. Bhuria is apparently seeing a bleak future ahead of him.