The Congress has appointed senior leader Kamal Nath as president of its Madhya Pradesh unit and Jyotiraditya Scindia as campaign committee chief ahead of elections in the state expected later this year, said a statement from the party. This move is can be seen as a snub for Jyotiraditya as the party has banked yet again on experience rather than youth.
The appointments come a few months before the state assembly elections, where the Congress is seeking to wrest power from the BJP led by Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
The party also appointed Girish Chodankar as the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) chief for Goa, replacing Shantaram Naik who had resigned a few days ago.
“Congress President Rahul Gandhi has cleared the appointment of Kamal Nath and PCC president of Madhya Pradesh and Jyotiraditya Scindia as Chairman, Campaign Committee of the state,”AICC general secretary Ashok Gehlot said in a statement.
The party also appointed four working presidents Bala Bachhan, Ramnivas Rawat, Jitu Patwari and Surender Chaudhary — in the Madhya Pradesh state unit.
The chief ministerial candidate has not yet been decided as the choice still seems open with both Kamal Nath and Scindia in the race, a party leader said.