Gehlot to re­place Dwivedi in AICC re­jig

The Asian Age - - Front Page - AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT

In a ma­jor reshuf­fle, the Congress on Fri­day re­placed its Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Or­gan­i­sa­tion, Ja­nard­han Dwivedi, with for­mer chief min­is­ter of Ra­jasthan, Ashok Gehlot.

Since Rahul Gandhi took over as the party’s pres­i­dent, he has been mak­ing changes in the or­gan­i­sa­tion, but this is, by far, the big­gest one to come into ef­fect.

Mr Gehlot was en­trusted with the charge of Gu­jarat when the state was about to go to polls. The party’s per­for­mance in the state was its best since 1984. Recog­nis­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tional strengths of Mr Gehlot, he has been moved to one of the top most posts in the AICC hi­er­ar­chy.

Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Or­gan­i­sa­tion is re­spon­si­ble for all ap­point­ments, in­clud­ing con­ven­ing the apex de­ci­sion­mak­ing body of the party, the Congress Work­ing Com­mit­tee.

Mr Dwivedi, who re­tired from the Ra­jya Sabha in Jan­uary this year, signed the of­fi­cial or­der of the ap­point­ment of Mr Gehlot in his place.

Mr Gandhi has also ap­pointed MP Ra­jeev Satav as in- charge of the party’s af­fairs in Gu­jarat and for­mer Union min­is­ter Ji­ten­dra Singh as its man in­charge of Odisha. In another or­der, Mr Gandhi ap­pointed Lalji De­sai as the chief or­gan­iser of All In­dia Congress Seva Dal, re­plac­ing Me­hen­dra

Joshi. The Seva Dal is the party’s frontal or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Next in line are go­ing to be some of the state Congress chiefs. The Gu­jarat Congress chief, Bharatsinh Solanki, has al­ready been re­placed by Amit Chavda. In­sid­ers in­di­cate state units chiefs of Ut­tar Pradesh and Bi­har will also be re­placed soon, paving way for new­com­ers.

But the real wait in the Congress is the ap­point­ment of the new Work­ing Com­mit­tee. In the re­cently con­cluded AICC ple­nary ses­sion it was de­cided to let the Congress pres­i­dent se­lect his own work­ing com­mit­tee.

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