AICC reshuffle: Gehlot likely to be appointed as general secy

  • Hindustan Times, Jaipur
  • Updated: Jun 16, 2016 21:08 IST
Ashok Gehlot, a two-time Rajasthan chief minister, is known to be close to Sonia Gandhi. (HT photo)

Former chief minister Ashok Gehlot is likely to be appointed as general secretary in the much-awaited reshuffle of the All India Congress Committee, party sources said on Thursday. However, the fate of other leaders from Rajasthan like CP Joshi, Mohan Prakash and Tara Chand Bhagora is not clear.

Recent meetings among Gehlot, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi have given rise to speculation about his induction in the All India Congress Committee (AICC). A major reshuffle in AICC is on cards along with Rahul Gandhi’s likely elevation as party president.

“After continuously facing unfavourable elections results, Rahul Gandhi would now focus on mixture of old and new faces during reshuffle. People have their assumptions, but Rahul Gandhi trusts party old guards with rich experience — recent example is the appointment of Gulam Nabi Azad as general secretary in-charge of poll-bound Uttar Pradesh,” said an AICC leader, who did not wish to be named.

At present, Joshi and Mohan Prakash as general secretaries while Zubair Khan, Bhagora and Harish Choudhary as secretaries are representing Rajasthan in the AICC.

Notably, Khan is the co-incharge of Uttar Pradesh while Harish Choudhary is co-in-charge of another poll-bound state Punjab. Sources claimed that both the leaders would be retained in the AICC.

A senior party leader said former union minister CP Joshi’s responsibility might be cut down in view of the party’s performance in Bihar, Assam and West Bengal. He is in-charge of the three states. Mohan Prakash is in-charge of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.

The leader also claimed that a new tribal face in place of Bhagora is likely to be inducted in the AICC. Mahendra Jeet Singh Malviya is the frontrunner, he added.

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