Congress forms election panels for five states, two Union Territories

Rahul Gandhi also appointed former parliamentarian Somendra Nath Mitra as president of West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee.

Published: 25th January 2019 10:28 PM  |   Last Updated: 25th January 2019 10:28 PM   |  A+A-

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NEW DELHI: Ahead of Lok Sabha elections, Congress president Rahul Gandhi has formed election committees for Karnataka, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Nagaland, Chandigarh and Andaman and the Nicobar Islands.

The Congress chief also approved the new office bearers, executive committee and DCC chiefs for West Bengal.

While former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh will be the chairman of the campaign committee for the state, former union minister Pawan Kumar Bansal will chair the campaign committee for union territory Chandigarh.

Gandhi also appointed former parliamentarian Somendra Nath Mitra as president of West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee.

He will have four working presidents in Sankar Malakar, Nepal Mahato, Abu Hasem Khan Chowdhury and Deepa Dasmunsi.

The names of nine vice presidents and nine general secretaries along with Aloke Pandey as treasurer of WBCC were also approved by Gandhi.

Gandhi approved the campaign committee of Andaman and Nicobar Territorial Congress having 221 members.

The Congress chief also set up a coordination committee for all these states with AICC in-charges leading them.

The panel for Karnataka would be chaired by Ramalinga Reddy.

The campaign committee for Nagaland would be chaired by K Therie, a party statement said.

All top leaders of the state are part of the coordination and campaign committees and others have been included in media and publicity committee and election management committee.

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