Senior Congress leaders on Tuesday met Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi in New Delhi ahead of reports that the party is looking at a possible reshuffle ahead of the 2014 LokSabha elections. While the meeting was primarily to decide party’s strategy in the upcoming elections, the talk was also on whether Rahul will be anointed as a prime ministerial candidate or not, according to sources.
Sonia Gandhi’s secretary Ahmed Patel, JanardhanDwivedi and some ministers were present at the meeting. According to sources, some of the younger ministers like Jairam Ramesh may be sent back to the party before the elections. Ramesh has a clean image and is considered to one of the best backroom strategist.
Former sports minister Ajay Maken, who was sent back to the party, was also present at the meeting. According to sources, the government may see some major reshuffle before the January 17 AICC meeting where Rahul is likely to be projected as the prime ministerial candidate for the LokSabha elections.
Sources says Priyanka discussed Sonia and Rahul’s resolution and programme on January 17 and the decision on whether he will be named as the prime ministerial candidate will be taken at the Congress Working Committee on January 16.