Asha Kumari calls state Congress meet on July 4


The newly-appointed Congress incharge of Punjab, Asha Kumari, today called a meeting of the state party unit in Chandigarh on July 4 to discuss organisational issues and chalk out the way forward for the party as elections draw closer.“We are sending out invitations for the PPCC meeting to everyone,” she said.Capt Amarinder Singh is learnt to be away until July 4 when he will return to resume the remaining sessions of “Coffee with Captain” and “Halke Vich Captain” with an eye on the 2017 polls.Campaign strategy apart, the Congress feels party needs to do a lot to involve all the state leaders and factions in the poll process. It is here that the role of Asha Kumari will be critical. She has been drafted to get everyone to participate and present a united face of an otherwise factional unit.Asked if Partap Singh Bajwa, a known Amarinder detractor, will attend the July 4 meeting, Asha Kumari said, “We have invited all the leaders but I learn that Partap Bajwa is not around. He is travelling.” Bajwa and his MLA wife called on Asha Kumari at the AICC office yesterday after she assumed charge of her new role.Moreover, the July 4 meeting will also be important since this will be only the second meeting of the state unit after its reconstitution. The new panel was announced when Shakeel Ahmad was Congress general secretary in charge of the state. Several other key appointments of AICC secretaries are pending and remain to be discussed although organisationally, the party has started working to streamline the poll campaign.“The task at hand is to energise the six committees which have been formed at the level of Punjab to take the campaign forward. Each such committee is under a senior leader and each has been assigned around 25 constituencies. The state has been divided into six zones for better management and coverage. Also, we need to look at the working of the state manifesto committee which Rajinder Kaur Bhattal heads with Manpreet Badal as the convener,” a source said, ahead of the meeting which Congress campaign incharge for Punjab Ambika Soni will also attend.

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