Published: 14th July 2020
Congress appoints new NSUI Rajasthan State President within hours of Sachin Pilot's ouster
After the announcement from the Congress Party, "The truth can be harassed but not defeated," Sachin Pilot responded in a tweet
In a direct fallout of the Congress' political crisis over the leadership issue in Rajasthan, Sachin Pilot was on Tuesday divested of both the posts of Deputy Chief Minister and the PCC President. Two other Pilot-loyalist Ministers — Vishvendra Singh and Ramesh Meena — were also removed from the council of ministers. State Education Minister Govind Singh Dotasara was appointed the new Pradesh Congress Committee chief.
Soon after Pilot's sacking was announced, another of his loyalists, National Students' Union of India (NSUI) President of Rajasthan, Abhimanyu Poonia, the Congress' student wing resigned from his post in solidarity. The Congress did not waste any time in appointing a new Rajasthan State President for their student wing. In about an hour's time, Neeraj Kundan, National President of NSUI, made an official announcement stating the appointment of Abhishek Chaudhary for the position. "Abhishek Chaudhary has been appointed as Rajasthan NSUI state president with immediate effect. We are confident that he will work with full energy to strengthen the organisation as well as the Congress Party and uphold constitutional values," the statement said.
The former NSUI Rajasthan State President Abhimanyu wrote on his Twitter in Hindi, "Our conscience is alive, so is our self-respect. #SachinPilotkesaath".
Abhishek Chaudhary, who was the General Secretary of NSUI, tweeted thanking Rahul Gandhi and Neeraj for his appointment. "Thank you to the leadership @RahulGandhi @Neerajkundan @guptar and the @nsui office bearers for honouring me with the responsibility of Rajasthan NSUI State President," he wrote on his Twitter.
In May this year, Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi had appointed 24 office bearers of the party's student wing NSUI ahead of the new session in the universities. The interim party chief had appointment six General Secretaries and 18 secretaries in the student wing. Debashree Bora from Assam, Vishal Choudhary from Haryana, Nagesh Kariyappa from Karnataka, Anushesh Sharma from Uttar Pradesh, Abhishek Choudhary from Rajasthan and Gurjot Singh Sandhu from Chandigarh were appointed as General Secretaries.
The Congress student wing which has a presence in many varsities has been decimated in consecutive elections in Delhi University where ABVP has been winning. The party wants to revive the student wing and recently the student body got success in Gujarat.