Sunday, August 16, 2020

Cong appoints Maken as Raj in-charge, forms panel to address issues


The Congress on Sunday appointed senior party leader Ajay Maken as the new general secretary in-charge for Rajasthan, replacing Avinash Pande.

IMAGE: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot along with senior Congress leaders Sachin Pilot, Avinash Pandey, second right, Randeep Surjewala, right, Ajay Maken, second left, and K C Venugopal, third left, in Jaipur. Photograph: PTI Photo

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi also set up a three-member committee to resolve the issues raised by party rebels in Rajasthan.

Senior party leader Ahmed Patel, general secretary in-charge for Rajasthan Ajay Maken and general secretary organisation KC Venugopal have been made members of the panel.

'The Congress president has constituted a three-member committee to oversee and follow up the smooth resolution of recent issues in Rajasthan.

'The members of the committee are Ahmed Patel, AICC (All India Congress Committee) general secretary in-charge Organisation (K C Venugopal) and AICC general secretary in-charge of Rajasthan (Ajay Maken),' a party statement said.

The appointments come close on the heels of the Congress government in Rajasthan winning a crucial trust vote with the backing of former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot and and his loyalist MLAs, who had revolted against Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot but later called a truce with the party after assurance by top party leadership.

An important part of the reconciliation plan was the Congress' announcement that a high-powered three-member committee would be formed to duly address the grievances of dissidents in a time-bound manner.

The Pilot camp has been seeking active participation in governance and flagging concerns over the 'manner of functioning' of CM Gehlot.

Pilot and other rebels welcomed the move and expressed hope that all their issues would be resolved.

Another statement by the party said, 'Congress president has appointed Ajay Maken as the general secretary in-charge of Rajasthan in place of Avinash Pande with immediate effect.'

'The party appreciates the contribution of Avinash Pande,' it said.

Maken was recently sent as observer by the party to Rajasthan, along with party chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, to help resolve the differences and save the government from the possibility of losing its majority in the state assembly.

Maken was earlier the Delhi Congress chief but had resigned citing health reasons.

Avinash Pande thanks all Cong workers for support during his tenure

Congress national general secretary Avinash Pande on Sunday expressed his gratitude to all party workers for their support during his tenure as the Rajasthan in-charge.


Pande said that his tenure as the in-charge of Rajasthan Congress Organisation has been satisfactory and that he had a very positive experience working with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, former state Congress president Sachin Pilot and other senior party leaders.

As a result of people's unity, the Congress government was formed in 2018.

Party workers worked with full enthusiasm in wards, blocks and districts of the state, he said in a statement and wished a bright future for the party in the state.


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