Congress rejigs ranks, Sushil Kumar Shinde no longer Himachal in-charge
Four new All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretaries, Jitendra Baghel, Biswaranjan Mohanty, Virender Singh Rathore and Rajesh Lilothia were also appointed.india Updated: May 23, 2018 08:45 IST
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday removed former home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde as the party’s in-charge of Himachal Pradesh, appointing former Rajya Sabha member Rajani Patil in his place.
Making another set of organisational changes, Gandhi also named former Uttar Pradesh legislator Nadeem Javed as the head of the party’s minority department. Javed replaces Khushid Ahmed Saiyed.
Four new All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretaries, Jitendra Baghel, Biswaranjan Mohanty, Virender Singh Rathore and Rajesh Lilothia were also appointed.
While Baghel and Mohanty will assist Rajeev Satav in Gujarat, Rathore and Lilothia will help Shaktisinh Gohil in Bihar.
As part of the additional changes, Congress general secretary in-charge of Andhra Pradesh Digvijaya Singh was appointed as the chairman of the coordination committee in Madhya Pradesh where assembly elections are due later this year.
Congress’ chief whip in the Lok Sabha Jyotiraditya Scindia had already been named as the campaign committee chairman while senior leader Suresh Pachauri will head the chief of the election planning and strategy committee.
The changes are part of an organisational reshuffle in the Congress since Gandhi took over as the party’s president on December 16 last year but the changes have been gradual. The reconstitution of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the highest decision-making body of the party, and some more changes at the general secretary levels are still pending.