Harish Chaudhary appointed new congressional committee in charge of Punjab | Latest India News
Congress on Friday appointed Rajasthan’s Revenue Minister Harish Chaudhary as India’s new Congressional Committee (AICC) in charge of party affairs in the Punjab linked to the elections, relieving Harish Rawat at his request. Chaudhary, who until now was the secretary of the AICC for the Punjab, has also been made responsible for Chandigarh.
The move follows Rawat’s request to the party’s high command to replace him as secretary general in charge of Punjab affairs for the upcoming parliamentary elections in his home state, Uttarakhand.
Rawat, a former chief minister, is spearheading Congress’ attempt to regain power in Uttarakhand by overthrowing the BJP. Assembly elections are scheduled for early next year in Uttarakhand.
“The President of Congress has appointed Harish Chaudhary to the post of AICC Manager for Punjab and Chandigarh with immediate effect. Harish Rawat is relieved of his current responsibilities as secretary general of the AICC in charge of the Punjab and Chandigarh ”, indicates an official statement of the party.
Rawat, however, will continue to be a member of the Congressional Working Committee (CWC), the party’s highest decision-making body.
“The party appreciates his contribution as general secretary,” the statement added.
Rawat played a key role in appointing Navjot Singh Sidhu as head of the Punjab Congress despite strong opposition from then-chief minister Amarinder Singh, who later resigned under the pretext of humiliation on the part of party.
Rawat’s role was also crucial in replacing Amarinder Singh with Charanjit Singh Channi as Chief Minister of the Punjab.
Rawat expressed his gratitude to party leader Sonia Gandhi and former President Rahul Gandhi for relieving him of the Punjab indictment at his request. He also thanked all his party colleagues in Punjab and hoped he would participate in the campaign for the parliamentary elections there.
He also expressed hope that the Chief Minister of Punjab and other ministers would campaign with him in Uttarakhand.
Chaudhary thanked Congress President and former President Rahul Gandhi for entrusting him with responsibility.
“Together with all colleagues in the organization, we will be working hard for the party,” he tweeted.