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Rahul confidant Babaria is new Congress general secretary for Madhya Pradesh

The Congress has changed the general secretary in charge of Madhya Pradesh in a bid to regain power in the state in next year’s assembly elections.

india Updated: Sep 09, 2017 16:43 IST
Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Congress,Madhya Pradesh,Deepak Babaria
One of Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s confidants Deepak Babaria has been given charge of the party in Madhya Pradesh ahead of next year’s assembly elections in the state.(PTI)

The Congress on Saturday divested general secretary Mohan Prakash of the charge of Madhya Pradesh, appointing Deepak Babaria in his place.

In another major change, Lok Sabha MP Sushmita Dev replaces Shobha Oza as the head of the All India Mahila Congress.

Hailing from Gujarat, Babaria is close confidant of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. He will be assisted by two secretaries - Zubair Khan and Sanjay Kapoor.

Read more: Congress forms poll panels, appoints new office-bearers in Gujarat

Prakash had come under severe criticism over his style of functioning. The state leaders had repeatedly complained to the party high command that he had failed to revive the party in Madhya Pradesh where the Congress has been out of power since 2003.

Prakash, however, continues to hold charge of Maharashtra.

Congress sources said the leadership has also finalised a new chief of the state unit in Madhya Pradesh to take on the ruling BJP in next year’s assembly elections. The party is expected to announce the name of PCC chief and the new team soon.

First Published: Sep 09, 2017 16:43 IST