New Delhi : With the last date for filing the nominations for the Rajya Sabha create communal polarisation round the corner, the Congress party is facing tough choices as its ability to get its nominees elected to the upper house has sharply declined.
The state leadership in Haryana and Himachal Pradesh that can send a total of three MPs between them to the Rajya Sabha has declined to take a call in this matter and leave the decision to the party high command. Though this is the party’s usual format, but the views of the state leadership are usually taken into account before taking a final decision.
“But in this case, the leaders from the two states have conveyed that they do not have any names to suggest, and it is up to the high command to take a decision,” said a senior party leader.
The matter has become all the more sensitive as there is a strong section within the party that is making a strong case for the former Delhi chief minister Shiela Dikshit to be nominated to the upper house. They point out that as a three-term chief minister under whose leadership several party leaders have made it to the same position, she deserves this consideration after her defeat at the hands of the Aam Aadmi Party. But there is a counter view that rehabilitating someone who has been rejected by the people so soon would also send a wrong message.
Dikshit is not the only senior leader whose fate hangs in the balance. Two party veterans-former union external affairs minister S M Krishna and party treasurer and former union minister Motilal Vora are also among the retirees. Krishna hails from Karnataka and Vora from Chhattisgarh, and the party has enough strength in both these states to get them elected. But then both of them are in their eighties. The choice before the party leadership is whether to continue with these old leaders or go for fresh faces. But the decision cannot be postponed for too long as the nominations close on January 28th.
from our delhi bureau