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Congress leaders to let Sonia decide next state party chief

india Updated: Sep 13, 2010 02:33 IST
HT Correspondent

Top leaders of state Congress who met informally on Sunday decided to let party president Sonia Gandhi take the call on who should lead the party in Maharashtra.

On Monday, state returning officer Gulchain Singh Charak has called a meeting of the newly-elected district presidents and delegates of state Congress for the election of state unit chief. Sources said it has been decided that an unanimous resolution will be passed at this meeting on Monday, handing the powers to party president Sonia Gandhi.

Though, Union minister for heavy industries Vilasrao Deshmukh is keen on change of guard, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan has thrown his weight behind incumbent Manikrao Thakre, who is likely to continue as state Congress party president.

It will be the same in the case of the city Congress unit that will meet on Monday.

Incumbent Kripashankar Singh is likely to continue as Mumbai Congress president. Both Singh and Thakre have completed two years in office and not the full term of three years. This also means that Thakre and Singh will have to wait longer to get a ministerial berths in the DF government as was being speculated earlier. It also means that Chavan has managed to get better of his senior and rival Deshmukh.

The other aspirants included forest minister Patangrao Kadam, MLCs Ulhas Pawar and Bhai Jagtap, and state spokesperson Hussain Dalwai.