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Randeep Surjewala named chairman of Congress poll coordination panel in Bihar

This is perhaps the first time that the Congress has appointed a leader from outside the state that is going to polls as head of the management and coordination committee.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: October 12, 2020 4:02:41 am
Randeep Surjewala. (File)

The Congress on Sunday announced several committees to oversee its campaign for the Bihar Assembly elections. It appointed party general secretary Randeep Surjewala as the chairman of the election management and coordination committee.

This is perhaps the first time that the Congress has appointed a leader from outside the state that is going to polls as head of the management and coordination committee.

The party generally appoints central observers but this time it has turned it into an institutional mechanism.

Former party general secretary Mohan Prakash will be the convenor of the 14-member election management and coordination committee which includes senior leaders such as Meira Kumar, Subodh Kant Sahay, Tariq Anwar, Shatrughan Sinha, Kirti Azad, Shakeel Ahmed, Sanjay Nirupam, Nikhil Kumar and Ajay Yadav.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi also announced five other panels to oversee and manage media coordination, publicity, legal affairs, office management and public meeting and logistics.

The media coordination committee will be headed by national spokesperson Pawan Khera.

Sources said the idea behind appointing a general secretary-level leader from outside the state is to ensure local issues that may crop up during the campaign are sorted out in an unbiased manner.

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