1. Karnataka: Mallikarjun Kharge set to get key role as Congress party gears up for poll face-off with BJP

Karnataka: Mallikarjun Kharge set to get key role as Congress party gears up for poll face-off with BJP

Congress party is looking to pull out all the stops in an effort to fight the anti-incumbency factor and ensure it retains power in the crucial state of Karnataka, which is one of the few bastions that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has still not managed to snatch away from it.

By: | New Delhi | Published: May 9, 2017 3:07 PM
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Congress party is looking to pull out all the stops in an effort to fight the anti-incumbency factor and ensure it retains power in the crucial state of Karnataka, which is one of the few bastions that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has still not managed to snatch away from it, but with polls in the offing that may well change – the competition is extremely stiff and BJP chief Amit Shah has been devoting some time and attention to the state. Congress is now shifting its focus towards restructuring of the party. If sources are to be believed, the party is weighing its options and is planning on sending senior leader Mallikarjun Kharge, its chief in Lok Sabha and who also recently became the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to the state.

According to a senior leader, “Everything is at the discussion stage….a final call will be taken by the Congress president…the vice president is ready for it,” as quoted by Indian Express. According to the report, the party will be taking decisions on the new AICC terms and will discuss the poll-bound states like Himachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. Sources have been quoted as saying that Mallikarjun Kharge will play a key role in Karnataka where elections are due next year.

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The party is also planning on changing general secretaries along with the PCC presidents of a few poll-bound states. The leadership in the Youth Congress, NSUI and Seva Dal will also be restructured. According to sources quoted in the report, AICC General Secretary Kamal Nath and Congress chief whip in Lok Sabha Jyotiraditya Scindia could get new assignments.

Kamal Nath is an MP from Madhya Pradesh who is also the senior most member of the present Lok Sabha. One of the two leaders will likely get a prominent role in Karnataka and the other one will be sent to MP. If Kamal Nath replaces Kharge in Karnataka, Jyotiraditya Scindia will be sent to MP to take over the leadership and if Kamal Nath is sent to MP then Scindia could become Deputy Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha, the Indian Express reported quoting sources.

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