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Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday appointed MP Kuldeep Rai Sharma and Punjab MLA Raminder Singh Awla as the new secretaries of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) for party affairs in Karnataka. The party said in an official statement that both the AICC secretaries would work closely with the party’s in-charge for Karnataka, Randeep Surjewala.
Kuldeep Rai Sharma is a Congress MP from Andaman and Nicobar Islands, while Raminder Awla is an MLA from Jalalabad Assembly seat in Punjab. Recently, former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah met Congress President Sonia Gandhi and discussed the by-elections to be held in two assembly seats in the state and some other issues related to the party.
Polling is to be held in Sindgi and Hangal assembly constituencies in Karnataka on October 30. The notification for the election was issued on October 1. The last date for nominations was October 8, while the last date for withdrawal of nominations is October 13. The counting of votes for the bypolls will be held on November 2.
CWC meeting on 16 October
The Congress has made these two appointments just before the Working Committee (CWC) meeting. The Congress Working Committee meeting has been called on October 16 in the backdrop of several leaders leaving the party in recent months. Party’s organization general secretary KC Venugopal had tweeted on Saturday, “The meeting of the Congress Working Committee has been called on October 16 at 10 am at the office of All India Congress Committee, 24 Akbar Road, so that the current political situation, the upcoming assembly elections, And organizational elections can be discussed.
The CWC is the highest decision-making body of the Congress. A few days ago, party sources said that Congress President Sonia Gandhi has already indicated that the CWC meeting would be convened very soon. Recently, senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Kapil Sibal had demanded to convene a meeting of the CWC. Azad had written a letter to Sonia Gandhi urging her to convene an immediate meeting of the Congress Working Committee to discuss matters related to the party.
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