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Thakre is new Congress chief in M'rashtra

delhi Updated: Aug 17, 2008 17:14 IST
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Manikrao Thakre was on Sunday appointed the new PCC chief of the Maharashtra while Gurudas Kamat the chairman of the state campaign committee.

Jayant Awale has been named Working President of the state PCC while Kripa Shankar Singh is the new Mumbai Regional Congress Committee Chief(MRCC).

The appointments were made by the party chief Sonia Gandhi ahead of the elections to the Lok sabha and the state assembly.

While Thakre replaces Prabha Rau, who has been made Governor of Himachal Pradesh, Kamat has been appointed to the key post keeping in view the assembly polls.

Sulking Maharashtra minister Narayan Rane was offered the post of the state campaign chief but the known detractor of CM Vilasrao Deshmukh was reportedly reluctant to take the position.

While Thakre is from the Kunbi Maratha community, Awale is a Dalit and hails from Kolhapur district of western Maharashtra.

Kamat is a MP from Mumbai and was till recently the MRCC chief under whose charge the party won all but one Lok Sabha seats from the megapolis.

Singh, a migrant from UP, has been given the charge of Mumbai at a time when the votes of North Indians constitute a major chunk in the megapolis.

The appointments are being seen as a boost for the CM Vilasrao Deshmukh who was not on the best of terms with Prabha Rau.