BHOPAL: State Congress on Wednesday denied media reports that claimed former chief minister Digvijaya Singh was ‘dropped’ from the party’s Central Working Committee. Late on Tuesday night, the AICC had announced the names of 23 CWC members, 18 permanent invitees and 10 special invitees.
Both state Congress president Kamal Nath and Digvijaya Singh’s names were missing from the list, while younger leaders like Jyotiraditya Scindia and Arun Yadav were accomodated as permanent invitee and special invitee respectively.
Kamal Nath’s name not figuring in the list was not surprising since he is the state PCC chief and in extended CWC meetings all chief ministers, state party chiefs and leaders of opposition are invited. The discussions, therefore, revolved around Digvijaya Singh and whether the senior Congress leader has reached the dead end of his political career.
“Digvijaya Singh has not been dropped. He was not part of the last CWC and recently opted out of the position of AICC general secretary,” said state Congress media committee chairman Manak Agarwal.
“After being appointed the state election coordination committee chairman in May, Digvijaya Singh told AICC president Rahul Gandhi that he wants to step down from the position of AICC general secretary. He had said that while holding the position of AICC general secretary, he would not be able to do justice with the coordination committee work and unifying the party before the assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh,” Manak Agarwal said.
Presently, Singh is touring the state as chief of the coordination committee to unite the party for the upcoming assembly polls.