To prepare her party get ready for the upcoming Maharashtra polls, Interim President Sonia Gandhi on Thursday appointed Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia as Chairman of the party’s screening committee.
All India Congress Committee constitutes screening committee for upcoming Maharashtra assembly election; appoints Jyotiraditya Scindia as the chairman pic.twitter.com/2LlkVTFABJ
— ANI (@ANI) August 22, 2019
She also constituted a 6-member committee for the state polls. The proposed committee will look after the candidature for seats in elections and recommend the names to party’s Central Election Committee. This is said to be one of the first major decision of Sonia Gandhi after she was appointed as Interim President.
Other members of the committee include state legislative party leader KC Padavi, Tamil Nadu MP Manickam Tagore, Rajasthan Revenue Minister Harish Chaudhary, AICC (Maharashtra) in-charge Mallikarjun Kharge, and state party president Balasaheb Thorat.
It was said that Sonia Gandhi was disappointed by the slow process of preparation for the forthcoming polls. Therefore on her lead, party’s poll strategist convened an urgent meeting in the national capital which came out with the decision of appointing Jyotiraditya Scindia.
Jyotiraditya Scindia had previously resigned from his post of General-Secretary in Western Uttar Pradesh owing to the bad performance of Congress party. Following the loss of his own Lok Sabha seat and party’s inability to secure a single seat in the region, Jyotiraditya Scindia took the responsibility on himself and abdicated his chair.
Assembly Polls in Maharashtra is slated to take place in the month of October this year. The decision of Congress party can be seen as a counter-measure for the ongoing “Maha Janadesh Yatra” of current Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis began his ‘Maha Janadesh Yatra’ from August 1 to reach out to the voters in the state. Chief Minister’s Yatra was started from Gurukunj Mozari in Amravati district. In the wake of the flood situation in Maharashtra, CM had halted his yatra for a while but now it is expected that he is going to resume his Yatra.