Gujarat Congress leaders meet KC Venugopal, urge him to accelerate appointments in state

Ahmedabad: Concerned over the inordinate delay in naming new office-bearers in the Gujarat Congress, a section of State leaders on Wednesday called on party General Secretary Organization KC Venugopal and urged him to accelerate the appointments and also decide on the Gujarat affairs in-charge.

Venugopal is learnt to have assured the Gujarat delegation that the process is on and the All India Congress Committee will soon appoint the state in-charge.

The leaders have sought an appointment with former party president Rahul Gandhi to apprise him about the political situation in the state. After the demise of Rajiv Satav there has been no appointment of the state in-charge and the Gujarat party president and Leader of Opposition have resigned after the loss in the civic polls.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala is reportedly being considered for the post of state in-charge while Ramesh Chennithala is likely to get Karnataka.

Arjun Modhwadia is top choice for the state party President and he has held the post in the past.

Names of veterans like B.K. Hariprasad and Mohan Prakash are also doing the rounds for the state in-charge post. Earlier, former Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot was considered but he is reported to have declined it and preferred to stay put in his home state.

Gujarat Congress president Amit Chavda and Leader of Opposition Paresh Dhanani tendered their resignations from their posts in March, following the party's debacle in the local body elections.

The state is vital for the Congress keeping in mind the Assembly elections scheduled next year, especially after coming very close to wresting power from the ruling BJP in the last state polls held in 2017.

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