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Cong appoints 13 district chiefs in Rajasthan after functioning for a year without committees

The Congress had dissolved all district and block committees after Sachin Pilot was removed as deputy chief minister and from the party president's post in the wake of his tussle with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot last year.

Written by Deep Mukherjee | Jaipur |
Updated: December 1, 2021 11:21:59 pm
Advisors to CM Ashok Gehlot: Governor seeks report from Rajasthan govtRajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot (File)

The Congress on Wednesday appointed 13 district committee presidents more than a year after functioning without them in Rajasthan.

The appointments, which were made by the All India Congress Committee (AICC) and signed by Congress general secretary (organisation) KC Venugopal, also included the names of treasurer and spokespersons for the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee (RPCC). The appointments have been made 10 days after the long-awaited cabinet reshuffle took place.

Among those who have been appointed are Sitaram Agarwal, who has been made the treasurer of RPCC while Swarnim Chaturvedi and RC Choudhary have been appointed as party spokespersons.

The district presidents include — Yogesh Mishra for Alwar, Ramcharan Meena for Baran, Fateh Khan for Barmer, Yashpal Gehlot for Bikaner (Urban), Ramji Lal Odh for Dausa, Ummed Singh Tanwar for Jaisalmer, Advocate Virendra Singh Gurjar for Jhalawar, MLA Heeraram Meghwal for Jodhpur (Rural), Salim Khan in Jodhpur Urban (north), Naresh Joshi in Jodhpur Urban (south), Zakir Hussain Gesawat in Nagaur, Harisingh Rathor in Rajsamand and Sunita Githala for Sikar district.

The Congress had dissolved all district and block committees after Sachin Pilot was removed as deputy chief minister and from the party president’s post in the wake of his tussle with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot last year.

The decision to dissolve the committees was taken by the party, primarily to reconstitute its organisation, as at that time, leaders loyal to Pilot held the majority of posts across the state.

However, the list of appointments made on Wednesday show that several of the district Congress committee presidents who were removed earlier have once again been reinstated.

The districts where the presidents remain unchanged include Bikaner, Nagaur and Barmer.

The president in Dausa district, a stronghold of Pilot, also remains unchanged.

“The selection of names for the 13 districts where the appointments have been made were relatively easier and had greater consensus. In the remaining districts where the president names are yet to be announced, different factions are lobbying for the posts,” said a senior Congress on condition of anonymity.

In a statement on Wednesday, state Congress president Govind Singh Dotasra said that the party organisation will be strengthened by the new appointments.

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