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Shaktisinh Gohil wants Cong to relieve him of his duties in Bihar, Delhi

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The entire Indian Congress Committee (AICC) in charge of Bihar and Delhi Shaktisinh Gohil has requested the party leadership to relieve it of all organizational responsibilities for health reasons, people familiar with the development said.

Gohil, 60, had tested positive for Covid-19 on November 6 amid the Bihar assembly elections.

On December 3, the congressional leader announced on social media that he was being treated for post-Covid complications.

He tweeted: “I had # COVID19 positive and now under strict medical supervision for post-Covid complications. Due to a lung infection, I have been medically advised not to talk or meet with visitors. Recovery can take time. Thank you for your good wishes and concern. See you all once it’s okay! ”

A congressional official said Gohil, also a member of Rajya Sabha, requested the party’s high command to relieve him of his organizational responsibilities until his health improves.

Gohil, together with the head of Gujarat, Rajeev Satav, had offered their resignations on November 17 to a special panel formed in August to assist the president of Congress, Sonia Gandhi, in organizational matters. They offered their resignations, assuming responsibility for the party’s electoral debacle in their respective states.

While Congress won only 19 of the 70 seats it contested in Bihar, hurting the chances that the ‘mahagathbandhan’ (grand alliance) led by Rashtriya Janata Dal would topple the government of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), the party did not succeed. win none of the by-elections in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Manipur, Nagaland, Odisha and Telangana.

The losses triggered a war of words within Congress with top leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Kapil Sibal, two of 23 signatories to a letter to the president of Congress in August seeking internal elections and organizational reform, questioning the leadership in the electoral debacle.

While Sibal asked if the poll setbacks were “business as usual,” Azad claimed that a “five-star culture” had taken over Congress and its structure had collapsed.

The two were confronted by Rajasthan Prime Minister Ashok Gehlot. Other leaders said their comments had “hurt the feelings” of congressional workers and reminded them that the party had been through a crisis several times in the past.

At the November 17 meeting, members of the special committee told both Gohil and Satav that the panel was not the appropriate forum to offer their resignations and that they are not mandated to accept or reject their offers to resign from their positions. .

Instead, the committee told them they should identify the reasons for the party’s poor performance in their respective states and submit a detailed report.

A second congressional official said Gohil had been completely sidelined in the Bihar elections after the party’s leadership handed over electoral management to a new core team, led by Secretary General Randeep Singh Surjewala.

Shortly after its list of candidates was published, Congress had deployed a core team to quell a rebellion sparked by the selection of “tainted” leaders and also to oversee the party’s election campaign and preparations.

This was perhaps the first time that the AICC, the party’s central unit, took full charge of the management and preparations for the elections during any state election.

The second official quoted above claimed that Gohil’s request to the congressional high command appeared to be in response to his exclusion in the Bihar elections.

When contacted, Gohil said it was an internal matter between him and the party. “I hope you appreciate it,” he said.

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