Saturday, Jan 29, 2022

Maharashtra: Change In Congress Leadership On Table? AICC In-Charge Consults Leaders

Currently, Balasaheb Thorat is the state Congress chief who, according to sources, has expressed to give up the organisational post.

Maharashtra: Change In Congress Leadership On Table? AICC In-Charge Consults Leaders
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A meeting between All India Congress Committee (AICC) in-charge of Maharashtra H K Patil and senior state party leaders over a possible replacement for state Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat was held on Wednesday.

The discussion in the meeting was held keeping in view Congress's 'one person-one post' formula.

Thorat is currently the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee president as well the revenue minister in the state's Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government. He is also the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader.

Patil, who is on a two-day visit to Mumbai, held discussions with senior Maharashtra Congress leader and former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Tuesday night at Sahaydri guest house here and later with Thorat over revamping of the state party unit.

Besides, state PWD Minister Ashok Chavan met Patil on Wednesday morning.

Congress sources said discussions pertained to the present situation of the party and measures to be taken for its revival.

"It looks like the 'one man-one post' formula will be implemented. Thorat had the option of continuing as state president or minister in the MVA government," a source said.

"But, he (Thorat) has expressed his desire to give up the organisational post," the source said.

The front-runners to replace Thorat include AICC general secretary for Gujarat Rajiv Satav, and Maharashtra ministers Amit Deshmukh, Yashomati Thakur, Vijay Wadettiwar and Vishwajeet Kadam.

Satav, who is considered close to senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, is currently the Rajya Sabha member from Maharashtra.

Patil will also meet other senior state party leaders and MLAs during his ongoing Mumbai visit.


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