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Bhagat gets new panel

Ranchi, Dec. 26: The Congress today announced the state working committee with a major representation from the party’s youth brigade, infusing fresh blood into the organisation ahead of the poll season.

All India Congress Committee general secretary Janardan Dwiwedi made the announcement in Delhi.

Apart from state Congress chief Sukhdeo Bhagat, the working committee comprises six vice presidents, 19 general secretaries and 28 secretaries.

This apart, the panel has 25 working members, 30 special invitees, one office secretary in-charge, three media cell members, four social media cell members and four protocol members.

“Congress president Sonia Gandhi has approved the list, carrying names from every section of the society,” said state Congress spokesperson Shailesh Sinha.

K.N. Jha, Tilakdhari Singh, Gulfam Muzibi, Stephen Marandi, Rajendra Pratap Deo and H.N. Sahu have been nominated as vice presidents, while O.P. Lal, Keshav Mahto Kamlesh, Shailesh Sinha, Manishankar and Alok Kumar Dubey are the prominent ones figuring in the list of general secretaries.

The names of secretaries include Ravindra Singh, Hridyanand Mishra and Ajay Singh.

Popular party leaders like Radha Krishna Kishore, Roshanlal Bhatia and Kali Charan Murmu have found place as the committee members, while Madan Mohan Sharma, Haji Matloob Imam and A.B. Roy are among the special invitees.

Suryakant Shukla will be office secretary in-charge. The media cell comprises Lal Kishorenath Shahdeo, Ajay Rai and Sanjay Pandey.

Enthused by the elevation in the organisation, newly selected general secretary Alok Kumar Dubey said, “It is heartening to see that youths have been given their due share in the new working committee ahead of the Mission 2014.”

State Congress president Bhagat has been stressing the need to restructure the working committee, giving more prominence to sincere and dedicated workers.

Bhagat has managed to impress his opinion on the party high command in keeping out elected representatives from the party’s key panel. But how far the new committee will succeed in charting a path to mend fences with disgruntled factions in the party will be interesting to see.

In another development, Bhagat held a meeting with his senior party members and discussed preparations for the Congress’s foundation day celebrations on December 28.