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Maken's efforts to strengthen Congress in Rajasthan starts to bear fruit

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On the one hand, he is busy in listening to grievances of party workers and on the other he is trying to pacify and giving a patient hearing to dissident MLAs who had shown their anger a few months back by camping in Delhi under the leadership of the then state president and deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot against the Ashok Gehlot government in the state.

By Anil Sharma

The Congress party in Rajasthan, which till a couple of months back seemed to be heading towards a major crisis mainly due to various factionalism and dissensions, seems to be gathering itself back now; largely because of the efforts made by the AICC general secretary and in-charge of Rajasthan, Ajay Maken.

Maken, a suave and sophisticated leader, and as the in-charge of Rajasthan he has been working hard to strengthen the party in the state. His aim is to strengthen the party at grassroot level and to end factionalism in the party and so far his efforts have started to bear fruit. In fact he has been busy gathering feedback from the party functionaries and workers in a bid to end factionalism in the party.

On the one hand, he is busy in listening to grievances of party workers and on the other he is trying to pacify and giving a patient hearing to dissident MLAs who had shown their anger a few months back by camping in Delhi under the leadership of the then state president and deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot against the Ashok Gehlot government in the state.

A politically matured leader, Maken has been successful in curbing the dissidence in the party to a great extent. This can be gauged from the fact that in a recent dharna staged in support of agitating farmers against new farm laws, Sachin Pilot was seen sitting next to the chief minister Gehlot. During dharna both Gehlot and Pilot spoke against the Narendra Modi government and the three farm laws.Later, Pilot also attended a dinner party at Gehlot’s residence. This is what the central leadership of the Congress party wants and Maken with his political astuteness has been able make a good start in this direction.

This is indeed a big win for Maken as the two leaders who were almost fighting with each other a few months ago, were seen interacting amicably. Through their interactions, they seemed to be signalling that all is well in the party. Though people familiar with the world of politics often advise to refrain from taking the pictures on their face value, yet Maken’s efforts deserve to be lauded, now that peace seems to be prevailing in the higher echelons of the party leadership.

Maken’s new initiative of taking district wise feedback of party workers and functionaries has also been noticed by a lot of people. He has been organizing various meetings for this purpose and has been appreciating the efforts by the workers and addressing their grievances timely and sincerely. In many such meetings with the party workers of Kota, Baran, Bundi, Jhalawar districts he has stressed on the need for better coordination between government and organisation. While speaking to the people attending these meetings, Maken has reiterated time and again that party workers should be given priority and attention because no party can dream of winning the elections without the support of its party workers.

Sources in the party have indicated that Maken plans to undertake many more such meetings all over the state. This seems to be a good move especially at the time when the performance of the Congress party in the panchayat polls was not at all satisfactory, despite the farmers’ anger with the Union government over the farm laws. This step will help Maken to analyse the grass root problems being faced by the party and its workers and help the party in the upcoming elections.

The writer is a senior journalist and political analyst from Rajasthan 

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