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Congress rejig: Five PCC chiefs have Rahul Gandhi imprint

Congress rejig: Five PCC chiefs have Rahul Gandhi imprint
The re-jig in the party indicated a clear imprint of Rahul Gandhi having his way over the party’s Old Guard, as his trusted loyalists including Ajay Maken was handed charge of the state leadership in Delhi, Ashok Chavan in Maharashtra, Ghulam Ahmed Mir in Jammu and Kashmir Bharatsinh Solanki in Gujarat and Uttam Reddy in Telangana. AICC secretary Sanjay Nirupam has been made the chief of Mumbai Regional Congress Committee. The names were announced in a press release issued by party general secretary Organization Janardan Dwivedi on Monday.

In addition, Mallu Bhati Virkamarka, an MLA has been appointed as Working President for Telangana. The new Telangana PCC chief Reddy replaces incumbent state chief Ponnala Lakshmaiah, who was appointed only in March last year. Reddy was then made Working President.

While Chavan replaces Manikrao Thakre, Ghulam Ahmed Mir replaces Saifuddin Soz in Jammu and Kashmir. Bharatsinh Solanki, who replaced Arjun Modhwadia as PCC Chief in Gujarat is a former Union minister and son of former chief minister Madhavsinh Solanki. This is his second stint as PCC chief. He had held the post five years ago.

The changes in the state are a precursor to rejig in AICC, where a number of general secretaries are to be replaced. The party has also appointed AICC general secretary BK Hariprasad and AICC Secretary Mainul Haque as Observer and Co-Observer for the meeting to elect Congress Legislature Party leader in Jammu and Kashmir.

In Punjab, the name of Lal Singh, a close aide of former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, has replaced incumbent Partap Singh Bajwa. Amarinder Singh had raised a banner of revolt against Bajwa. Lal Singh is a choice of the former CM.

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