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Digvijay will be point man in Bihar

K.V. Prasad

NEW DELHI: All-India Congress Committee general secretary Digvijay Singh will be in charge of party affairs in Bihar, where Assembly elections are due in October-November.

Mr. Singh, now looking after Andhra Pradesh and Assam, replaces Harikesh Bahadur, who was in charge of Bihar ahead of the February 2005 elections. In the run-up to the February polls, the Congress president appointed a two-member team led by Union Minister Arjun Singh and M.L. Fotedar for negotiations with the Rashtriya Janata Dal, while Mr. Bahadur had to grapple with intra-party wrangling as well as coordinate with allies.

During the 2004 Lok Sabha polls, Congress Working Committee (CWC) member R.K. Dhawan was the point man in Bihar and Jharkhand.

His role was criticised as the RJD left just four Lok Sabha seats for the Congress and a greater number to the Lok Jan Shakti Party. Subsequently, the LJP snapped ties with the RJD.

PCC chiefs

On Saturday Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi also announced here the names of 17 Pradesh Committee chiefs. These include Salman Khursheed (Uttar Pradesh), Peerzada Mohammed Sayeed (Jammu and Kashmir), Prabha Rau (Maharashtra), B.D. Kalla (Rajasthan) and Mukut Mithi (Arunachal Pradesh).

In these five States, the party units had authorised AICC president Sonia Gandhi to nominate the PCC chiefs.

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