Lucknow: With UP Assembly elections inching closer, the wrangling amongst the Congress bigwigs is also heading towards its pinnacle. The internal strife has already come as a major setback to the party campaign in the state. Ironically, even the active involvement of Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi in the state affairs has failed to bring about a unity in the party cadres.

The current crisis is related to the heated dispute between the state president, Rita Bahuguna Joshi, and legislative party leader Pramod Tiwari during the screening committee meeting for the second list of candidates.

Taking note of the situation, the party high command summoned Joshi to Delhi giving way to various speculations within the party. The news about the Joshi-Tiwari verbal spat has spread fast, hence making the situation even worse for the party.

Moreover, state Congress Vice President Ranjeet Singh Judev’s statement in support of Joshi, rubbishing the allegations of any factionalism led to another controversy. Taking note of the complaint, Digvijay Singh accused Judev of indiscipline and issued him a show cause notice.

In response to the notice, Judev said, “I have not committed any indiscipline. My statement can be checked which shows no intentions of opposing the party.  I am serving the Congress since years and can never think of harming the party.”

Meanwhile, a former party Vice President alleged that the discipline norms are not being implied uniformly and said the open accusations on the party head by one former MLC published in various newspapers have been ignored.

(JPN/Bureau)