Pilot has his way, Cong replaces Rajasthan in-charge

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NEW DELHI: Congress on Sunday removed Avinash Pande as general secretary in

charge

of Rajasthan in a sign that the

party high command

had conceded Sachin Pilot’s demand for Pande’s removal. It also seemed to indicate that the party accepted the charge that Pande’s proximity to

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot

had failed to make him take a neutral position in settling the dispute between the two warring sides.

Ajay Maken who was deployed in Rajasthan to oversee and rein in the discontent was appointed as general secretary in charge in Pande’s place. Maken had accompanied senior leaders K C Venugopal and Randeep Surjewala to play the role of peacemaker, at the peak of the internal feud which had threatened to topple the Ashok Gehlot-led government. His appointment as general secretary Rajasthan is his first major assignment since being divested of the charge of Delhi Congress chief.

Maken’s appointment as general secreretary in charge also sets the stage for the the new committee comprising veterans Ahmed Patel, K C Venugopal and Maken himself to look into Pilot’s concerns and to deliver the “smooth resolution of recent issues in Rajasthan.”

Pande, whose proximity to CM

Ashok Gehlot

had come in for criticism by the Sach

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