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RaGa crafting own team to have grip over every state


New Delhi :Instead of concentrating organisational responsibilities in a few hands of general secretaries with multiple states under their charge, the Congress is building a new set up in each state having a separate in-charge with at least two AICC secretaries attached to him to conduct the party affairs in the states.

The idea is to let Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi have a new team that gives him a better grip over each state unit before he takes over the party’s reins from his mother Sonia Gandhi later this year. The new mechanism of “one state, on in-charge” will be completed by the time the ongoing party elections are over, leading to the president’s election by October 15, the party sources said.

They said Sonia is issuing orders appointing the new leaders made in-charge of the states at the AICC level after Rahul goes through the present arrangements in consultation with the party leaders from the concerned state. It is as part of this exercise that former Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot (66) took charge of Gujarat and Congress MP Avinas Pande(58) from Nagpur given responsibility of Rajasthan. Both the states were under general secretary Gurudas Kamat.

Already, new in-charges have been already appointed in many states while there are still some leaders like general secretaries C P Joshi, Mohan Prakash, Ambika Soni and Mukul Wasnik still holding charge of the multiple states. The party sources said the exercise is also on to appoint new persons in their place.