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Congress fumbles again on Ajay Singh's election

Monday, 6 January 2014 - 2:19pm IST | Place: Bhopal | Agency: DNA

The Congress party has not learnt any lesson from recent poll debacle and rise of transparent politics heralded by the Aam Aadmi Party. The party failed to announce its legislature party leader, who will also be leader of opposition in the state assembly, even after a majority of MLAs went for Ajay Singh.

After a day of meetings on Sunday, two central observers CP Joshi and Oscar Fernandez , sent by the Congress high command,  rushed back to New Delhi after trying unsuccessfully to  build a consensus  around one name.

“We will announce the leader of opposition after due consultation with Soniaji and Rahulji in New Delhi,” Fernandez said at the MPCC office.

According to party sources, at one time announcement of Ajay Singh as leader of opposition appeared  almost certain as he garnered 35 votes. However, the faction led by Jyotiraditya Scindia and Kamal Nath insisted that announcement must have approval of the Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi.  The party has 58 legislators.

MPCC president Kantilal Bhuria was also not happy. However, he said democratic process was adopted  but the high command’s decision is paramount.

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