New Delhi: After the debacle in Uttar Pradesh, the Congress is now having to deal with the problem of some of its Chief Ministers - "decision deficits" and dissidents.
With the UPA government finishing almost three years of its second term at the Centre, the Congress is worried over the state of affairs in some of the states ahead of the next elections.
The party high command has given 'buckup' calls to Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan as also Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kirankumar Reddy.
Dissidents from Rajasthan have been coming to Delhi to campaign against the continuance of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot who has completed three years of his second term and faces Assembly polls next year. Gehlot has to depend on Independents this time, unlike his comfortable majority in 1998.
Vijay Bahuguna has failed to settle so far as Chief Minister of Uttarakhand with Union Minister Harish Rawat, who was widely perceived to get the top post, breathing down his neck.
A month in office, Bahuguna, a Lok Sabha MP, has so far not declared from which constituency he would contest and who would vacate the seat for him. He has been keeping Rawat in good humour to ensure stability.
The latest development is in Kerala where Chief Minister Oommen Chandy's expansion of his 11-month old ministry by bringing in an additional Indian Union of Muslim League member, upsetting the communal balance with the state Congress angry over the sudden move.
Congress spokespersons, however, dismiss suggestions that the Chief Ministers were a problem for the party. Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said the party would not have been re-elected in many of the states if there were any genuine or serious problem.
Besides Maran, the CBI had also accused his brother Kalanithi Maran, SUN Direct TV Director, Chairman of Maxis Communication T Ananda Krishnan, senior executive of Astro All Asia Network and Maxis' Ralph Marshall and three companies Astro All Asia Networks, Sun Direct TV and Maxis Communications of complicity.
It has been alleged by former Aircel Chief C Sivasankaran that Maran as the then Telecom Minister favoured Maxis group in the takeover of his company and that return investments were made by it through Astro network in Sun TV-owned by the Maran family.
The sources in the CBI alleged a quid-pro-quo on the part of the then Telecom Minister has been established. They also alleged that the probe indicated that there was evidence to suggest that files relating to Sivasankaran were "deliberately" delayed.