Gehlot, Baghel Congress observers for Kerala, Assam elections
Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot and Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel.
Tailoring up for the forthcoming round of Assembly elections and underlining the importance of the electoral battle in Kerala and Assam for the Congress, party chief Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday prepared Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel into service, designating them as “senior observers” for campaign management and coordination in Kerala and Assam, respectively.
The Congress president made up four groups– one each for poll-bound Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, and West Bengal– making up three senior leaders each.
In Kerala, where the Congress eyes an opportunity however got a jolt in even Christian belts in the recent local body surveys, the party is now trying to make amends by connecting to different Christian leaders. For instance, AICC in-charge of Kerala Tariq Anwar, who is in the state, fulfilled Major Archbishop of Syro-Malabar Malankara Catholic Church, Cardinal Baselios Mar Cleemis, on Tuesday. Senior leaders likewise satisfied Mar Thoma Church episcopa Joseph Mar Barnabas.
In Assam too, the Congress is intending to put up an excellent battle though many party leaders believe it is an uphill struggle. The party had suffered an obstacle in the current elections to Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) and Tiwa Autonomous Council (TAC). 2 of its MLAs– Ajanta Neog and Rajdeep Goala– had signed up with the BJP, providing another blow to the party.
Banking on senior to iron out problems
The Congress believes it has a realistic opportunity of winning in Kerala, however the poor proving in the recent local body elections has actually come as a problem for the celebration. The defeat also resulted in the resurfacing of a factional feud. By designating an experienced leader and seasoned political leader like Ashok Gehlot, the party high command wishes to straighten out the differences.
While the celebration is expected to participate in an alliance with the AIUDF, which has a support base among the Bengali-origin Muslims of the state, not all leaders are on the very same page on consolidating the AIUDF. Besides, the celebration is facing internal fights in Assam as well.
In Bengal, AICC in-charge Jitin Prasada has actually asked the state unit to finish seat-sharing talks with the Left parties by the end of January so that the party can begin the procedure of determining candidates. He has set up a headed by state Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury for holding talks with the Left parties.
Besides Gehlot, former Goa CM Luizinho Faleiro and former Karnataka Deputy CM G Parameswara will be senior observers for project management and coordination for Kerala. Baghel, AICC basic secretary and CWC member Mukul Wasnik and AICC secretary and Bihar MLA Shakeel Ahmed Khan will oversee the preparations in Assam.
Previous Karnataka CMr M Veerappa Moily, previous Defence Minister M Pallam Raju and Maharashtra minister Nitin Raut will be in-charge of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. Former Rajya Sabha MP B K Hariprasad, Jharkhand Minister Alamgir Alam and Punjab minister Vijay Inder Singla will manage preparations in West Bengal. “They will discharge their responsibilities in close coordination with AICC basic secretaries and in-charges,” a declaration by AICC basic secretary K C Venugopal stated.
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