Congress Finally Wakes Up: Appoints Ashok Gehlot In Charge Of Gujarat
New Delhi: With a string of defeats, the grand old party seems to have finally woken up and decided to take stock of things. From 2014 Lok Sabha polls to Delhi Municipal elections, Congress has been facing humiliating defeats. Except for Bihar and Punjab, which are face-savers, the party is decimated everywhere it contested.
Finally, the Congress president Sonia Gandhi seems to have stepped in to streamline things.
On Wednesday the party appointed Rajasthan former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot as its general secretary in-charge for Gujarat. In the coming one and half years at least half dozen States would go for Assembly elections and Gujarat is one amongst them. The elections for Gujarat are slated to be held before the end of the year.
In this context the appointment of Gehlot assumes importance. He replaced Gurudas Kamat who was looking after the party’s affairs till now. As the Congress lost civic polls in Maharashtra Kamat faced internal problems within the party.
The Congress high command decided to revamp the entire team in Gujarat, as winning the home State of Prime Minister would be a sweet revenge to the party which has been facing defeat after defeat. Not only did the party replace the general secretary in charge it also appointed four new secretaries.
AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi told media that “Congress president Sonia Gandhi assigned the task of overlooking Gujarat affairs to a new team. It comprises general secretary in-charge Ashok Gehlot and four new AICC secretaries.”
The four secretaries included Youth Congress former chief Rajeev Satav, Harshavardhan Sapkal, Varsha Gaikwad and Jeetu Patwari.
The Congress is determined to put up a stiff fight to the BJP in Gujarat.