Rahul draws up plans for MP polls

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday appointed senior leader and former Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh as the head of coordination committee for poll-bound Madhya Pradesh. Senior leader Suresh Pachouri will be in charge of election planning and strategy.The appointments in Madhya Pradesh, where the Congress is pulling out all stops to end BJP’s uninterrupted 15-year rule, are aimed at carrying all factions of the party along after making party veteran Kamal Nath the Madhya Pradesh Congress chief last month.
Mr. Gandhi made changes in organisational posts as well, appointing former Rajya Sabha MP Rajni Patil as the party’s in-charge in Himachal Pradesh in place of Sushil Kumar Shinde. But more than two months after the party’s 84th plenary in Delhi, he is yet to announce a new Congress Working Committee (CWC), the highest decision-making body.
Party veterans point out that this is the longest a newly elected president has taken to announce a new team, but Mr. Gandhi’s pre-occupation with the Karnataka election was cited as the reason for the delay.
On Tuesday, however, he announced some key appointments to some States such as Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh and Bihar.
“The party appreciates the hard work and contribution of Sushil Kumar Shinde, who will be stepping down from his responsibility as AICC general secretary in charge of Himachal Pradesh,” said a statement issued by AICC general secretary Ashok Gehlot.