- Nearly 1,200 party functionaries in Malwa region threaten to quit party
- Many of them seen to be close to Meenakshi Natrajan, a key party leader
- But Kamal Nath says he is confident the party leaders can be pacified
But before the Congress preps for an offensive against the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government, Rahul Gandhi's party is finding itself on the back foot after nearly 1,200 party functionaries in the Malwa region threatened to quit the party on Saturday. Many of them are seen to be close to Meenakshi Natrajan, 44, a former Lok Sabha member who was once seen to be part of Mr Gandhi's youth brigade that he led.
Ms Natrajan has declined to speak about party matters but is said to be pretty unhappy at the appointment of Rajendra Singh Gautam as a member of the state congress's coordination committee for the assembly elections headed by Digvijaya Singh. Word is that she has also quit the state's manifesto committee in protest.
Congress leaders said it was an irony that an appointment to the coordination committee had provoked such a sharp reaction, particularly because the panel's key mandate is to bridge differences.
Digvijaya Singh this week announced an "Ekta Yatra", or unity march, through the state this month-end.
Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath says he is confident that the party leaders can be pacified before Rahul Gandhi's visit.
The BJP, however, didn't spare the Congress.
Rahul Kothari, BJP spokesperson said the Congress appears headed for a clear defeat, given how the series of resignations had started after the formation of committees and how Rahul Gandhi's visit on the death anniversary of the farmers was essentially a gimmick. "The next time, he will be coming for the anniversary of Congress defeat," he said.