Gearing up for the forthcoming spherical of Meeting elections and underlining the significance of the electoral battle in Kerala and Assam for the Congress, celebration chief Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday drafted Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel into service, appointing them as “senior observers” for marketing campaign administration and coordination in Kerala and Assam, respectively.
The Congress president constituted 4 teams – one every for poll-bound Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, and West Bengal – comprising three senior leaders every.
In Kerala, the place the Congress eyes an opportunity however acquired a jolt in even Christian belts within the current native physique polls, the celebration is now attempting to make amends by reaching out to numerous Christian leaders. As an example, AICC in-charge of Kerala Tariq Anwar, who’s within the state, met Main Archbishop of Syro-Malabar Malankara Catholic Church, Cardinal Baselios Mar Cleemis, on Tuesday. Senior leaders additionally met Mar Thoma Church episcopa Joseph Mar Barnabas.
In Assam too, the Congress is hoping to place up a very good battle although many celebration leaders consider it’s an uphill battle. The celebration had suffered a setback within the current elections to Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) and Tiwa Autonomous Council (TAC). Two of its MLAs – Ajanta Neog and Rajdeep Goala – had joined the BJP, delivering one other blow to the celebration.
Banking on senior to iron out glitches
The Congress believes it has a practical likelihood of profitable in Kerala, however the poor displaying within the current native physique elections has come as a setback for the celebration. The defeat additionally resulted within the resurfacing of a factional feud. By appointing a veteran chief and seasoned politician like Ashok Gehlot, the celebration excessive command hopes to iron out the variations.
Whereas the celebration is predicted to enter into an alliance with the AIUDF, which has a assist base among the many Bengali-origin Muslims of the state, not all leaders are on the identical web page on tying up with the AIUDF. In addition to, the celebration is dealing with inside battles in Assam as nicely.
In Bengal, AICC in-charge Jitin Prasada has requested the state unit to finish seat-sharing talks with the Left events by the top of January in order that the celebration can start the method of figuring out candidates. He has arrange a headed by state Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury for holding talks with the Left events.
In addition to Gehlot, former Goa CM Luizinho Faleiro and former Karnataka Deputy CM G Parameswara might be senior observers for marketing campaign administration and coordination for Kerala. Baghel, AICC basic secretary and CWC member Mukul Wasnik and AICC secretary and Bihar MLA Shakeel Ahmed Khan will oversee the preparations in Assam.
Former Karnataka CMr M Veerappa Moily, former Defence Minister M M Pallam Raju and Maharashtra minister Nitin Raut might be in-charge of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. Former Rajya Sabha MP B Ok Hariprasad, Jharkhand Minister Alamgir Alam and Punjab minister Vijay Inder Singla will oversee preparations in West Bengal. “They may discharge their duties in shut coordination with AICC basic secretaries and in-charges,” an announcement by AICC basic secretary Ok C Venugopal stated.