Congress replaces Harish Rawat as Punjab in-charge

Congress replaces Harish Rawat as Punjab in-charge

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NEW DELHI: Harish Rawat has been relieved as the Congress' in-charge for Punjab and Chandigarh. He has been replace by Harish Chaudhary with immediate effect.
The party informed of the change in a press release on Friday, signed by general secretary KC Venugopal.

Rawat had met Rahul Gandhi earlier this week and urged to be relieved of his responsibilities in Punjab to allow him to concentrate on Uttarakhand, that also goes to polls next year.
"In Uttarakhand, we are progressing towards a definite win. During the election, it is impossible for me to handle two states, Punjab and Uttarakhand. So I have urged our leadership to relieve me from Punjab Congress in-charge duty," Rawat had said earlier this week.
Rawat had been the party's Punjab in-charge during the tumultuous phase of the past few months. He had overseen the change of guard that saw Amarinder Singh replaced as Punjab CM, after Navjot Sidhu raised the banner of revolt. Sidhu then wanted to step down as Punjab Congres chief, being unhappy with certain appointments made by the new chief minister Charanjit Channi.
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