Thursday, 20 January 2022

Harish Chaudhary replaced Harish Rawat as affairs in charge of Punjab Congress

Harish Chaudhary replaced Harish Rawat as affairs in charge of Punjab Congress

On Friday, Harish Chaudhary Rajasthan, Revenue Minister, and AICC secretary has appointed Punjab Congress affairs in charge. Chaudhary has replaced Harish Rawat, the former chief minister of Uttarakhand and AICC general secretary.

Harish Rawat had been seeking from high command to be relieved from the post as he had to focus on his election in Uttarakhand.

The relieving orders came relatively late, although he had been requesting the same for quite some time.

Harish Rawat had sought to be relieved several times, but he was required to do firefighting then and now. Even after the transformation from Amarinder to Channi, he had to handle situations occur out of Sidhu's resignation from the post.

Harish Rawat said,

"I am very thankful to chief Sonia Gandhi that she gave me the opportunity to head Punjab as incharge. I am also thankful to all Punjab Congress leaders who helped me take tough decisions in difficult situation. I have huge satisfaction that the state is in the hands of two capable leaders – Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and PPCC chief Navjot Singh Sidhu – who are moving forward together. They will get guidance from my associate Harish Chaudhary. I hope Punjab Congress will reach new heights and I will be able to handle dedicatedly my work as campaign committee chief in Uttarakhand."

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Harish Chaudhary has already worked in Punjab as deputy to former AICC general secretary in charge of Asha Kumari and Shakeel Ahmed.

He had a vital role to play after Amarinder's removal and was tipped to be in charge.

Harish Chaudhary was instrumental in taking feedback about Amarinder from the MLAs and organizing telephonic communication between these AICC leaders Rahul Gandhi and MLAs. He had also worked behind the scenes to ensure that the MLAs went to Amarinder's house when the party had called CLP, a few hours before his ouster.

He faces an uphill task ahead of taking Channi and Sidhu together, especially when the state elections in 2022 and distribute tickets.

Asked whether he would be able to take Channi and Sidhu together, Chaudhary said,

"Not just the two of them but the entire Congress family will go together."

He added that the differences are natural in a democratic setup.

Speaking on given the new role while being a Rajasthan minister, Chaudhary said he is a votary of one person one post rule and would take it up with the party leadership. "I will take it up with them. Whatever they decide, I will abide by that," he said.

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