ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Post-Tirupati Congress

THE curious spectacle of the Congress party electing its leaders has just concluded and with it the nature of realpolitik in the party has altered significantly. While the existence of factions and rival power centres in the Congress was common knowledge, gauging the extent of their organisational strength remained a speculative exercise. The 79th plenary of the All-India Congress(l) Committee at Tirupati revealed partially the configuration of inner-party power at the national level and the hectic manoeuvring that went into shaping it was merely a continuation of what transpired in the pradesh Congress committees during the recent attempts to revamp the regional organisation and regularise leadership claims at that level. The struggle for power in the PCCs remained by and large unfinished and it was but natural that the process should seek to complete itself through a series of cross-state alliances in the course of the polls for the 10 elective seats in the Congress Working Committee. Typically, in keeping with the party's brand of patronage politics, the situation in the PCCs is likely to lend itself to a more ready resolution now that the arrangements of power at the centre have made themselves somewhat clearer.

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