In what could be a massive overhaul of the party going into the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Congress on Thursday evening appointed a new-look team including 17 new office bearers out of which 10 are under the age of 50, as reported by the news agency ANI. The news was confirmed by Congress leader and spokesperson Randeep Surjewala who addressed a press conference on Thursday. According to the news agency PTI, Pritam Singh has been appointed as the new Uttarakhand Congress president and will replace Kishore Upadhyay. The decision might be a result of party’s failure to form government in the state after losing the assembly elections earlier this year.
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The agency also reported that Avinash Pande will be the new General Secretary in charge of Rajasthan Congress and former state minister Sunil Jakhar will take charge as new Punjab Congress chief replacing Amarinder Singh who has now become the Chief Minister of the state. According to the reports by The Indian Express, Vivek Tankha will be Congress legal cell chairman. Just yesterday, John Fernandes, former Goa Congress chief, said that due to the failing health of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, the leadership needs to be changed, reported Indian Express.
The party is going through a tough phase as it failed to make much impact in the five-state assembly elections earlier this year, even though the party got a majority in Punjab, but it failed to form governments in Goa and Manipur despite finishing as the single largest party in both these states. In Uttar Pradesh, it was reduced to just 7 seats while in the recent MCD polls, it finished at the third spot behind the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) forcing the top brass to rework their misfiring strategy.