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Disgruntled AMC Cong men return to work Saturday, September 29, 2001
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: Corporators and chairmen of AMC's civic committees returned to work on Thursday after staying away from work on Wednesday.
After GPCC president Amarsinh Chaudhary's assurances of at least one post to every Congress corporator, the disgruntled Congress men calmed down.
Hasankhan Pathan, chairman of the AMC's town planning committee, who sources said was the loudest in demanding a change, said on Thursday: "There was no problem at all. Democracy has always prevailed in the Congress. All the 70 Congress corporators were present at a meeting with our state party chief where we discussed internal issues."
Insiders however said the disgruntled corporators were closeted in an over-two-hour meeting with Chaudhary at the Congress Legislative Party office at Gandhinagar from 12.30 pm.
After pouring their hearts out on subjects like no in-party democracy in the AMC, AMC-Cong leadership playing favourites, lack of civic development during Congress's year-long tenure, the complainants were assured of a training camp for corporators and that the newly formed co-ordination committee, headed by Rajkumar Gupta, will look into all civic problems taken up by the party's corporators.
However, a senior Congress man told TOI: "This hullabaloo, for a majority, was to ensure that they capture plum committees after the first term ends in October. While the whole episode was disguised as advocacy for the many capable Congress leaders being left out and that everyone should get a shy at power seats, the disgruntled section did get a hearing from the state Congress president."
One of the chairmen who had abstained from work on Wednesday said, "we have put across all our grievances to Chaudhary who has assured to look into each of them. While the disgruntled were asked to keep their tempers in check as Congress is getting back to its winning days, Congress leadership at the AMC were directed to be democratic and more sympathetic towards the appeals of fellow corporators."
He added, "We were never desirous of harming our party's image or organisation. It was a mark of protest through which we wanted to set right certain unacceptable ways of functioning in AMC's Congress leadership. We have succeeded in our mission and got assurances. Hopefully better days await Congress at the corporation."
News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]