NEW DELHI: Even as a little known former Congress MP, Gufran Azam on Monday openly criticised party’s vice-president Rahul Gandhi and his experiments with the youth wing of the organisation, one of the Congress scion’s close aides Madhusudan Mistry seemed all set to repeat his experiments with the candidate selection process in the forthcoming Assembly polls in Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand and J&K.
Mistry, who was reportedly booed out of the Gujarat Congress’ brain-storming session and against whom many former MPs from UP had a lot to complain to A K Antony Committee probing the reasons for the party’s decimation in the Lok Sabha polls, is back in business.
He is not just visible in the Rajya Sabha haranguing Union Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda with the threat of Privilege Motion for “leaking the Rail Budget to the media”, he’s back to doing what all Congressmen and women fear the most-- drawing up the list of probable candidates for the coming Assembly elections.
Among the “clueless coterie” around the Congress vice-president held responsible for bringing the party down to 44 MPs, Mistry, C P Joshi and Mohan Prakash are prominently mentioned.
Despite the outcry, none of them seems to have lost Rahul’s backing.
Prakash continues to helm the Congress affairs in Maharashtra. As for Joshi and Mistry, sources say, they are again being entrusted with the task of repeating their mistakes that brought the Congress to its knees.
Mistry himself did not deny that he is rather busy--“first Maharashtra and Haryana and then J&K and Jharkhand candidate selection”.
Like Amit Shah, whose success in managing the BJP’s fortunes as party in-charge for UP earned him the party president’s post, Mistry too hails from Gujarat. But the similarity ends there, Mistry’s performance record has been inversely proportional to that of Shah.
Nonetheless, he has been allowed to continue his experiments with truth.