City, state Cong chiefs to be retained
The Congress is all set to retain the current presidents of its state and Mumbai units.Updated: Sep 10, 2010 01:29 IST
The Congress is all set to retain the current presidents of its state and Mumbai units.
Sources said that the party high command has agreed to continue with Manikrao Thakre (state chief) and Kripashankar Singh (Mumbai) at least for a year.
"Both leaders have completed two years in the office as against a mandatory term of three years. Removing them from the post will necessitate their induction in the Cabinet, which the party is not willing for," said a senior Congress leader requesting anonymity.
The respective units are expected to make one-line resolution favouring Thakre and Singh on September 17, the date of elections.
The party announced election programme on Thursday. Nominations will be filed on September 12 and 13. Scrutiny will be done on September 14 and applications can be withdrawn on September 15.
In the meantime, other aspirants like forest minister Patangrao Kadam,Ulhas Pawar and Hussain Dalwai (state unit), and Bhai Jagtap and Amarajeet Manhas (Mumbai unit) will have to wait.
In another development, the Congress appointed revenue minister Narayan Rane as in-charge for Kalyan and Dombivali municipal elections.
Forest minister Patangrao Kadam will oversee party affairs in the Kolhapur municipal elections. Both elections are scheduled later this month.