Ahead of Assembly polls, team constituted by AICC led by Ashok Gehlot reaches Kerala

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Polls in Kerala would be around April-May, 2021, along with West Bengal, Puducherry, Assam, and Tamil Nadu.

 

As the Kerala Assembly polls are nearing, a team constituted by the All India Congress Committee (AICC) led by Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, has reached the state in a bid to turn the tide in Congress' favour.

The team also comprises former Goa Chief Minister Luizinho Faleiro and former Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara.

As per the report, the team will hold a series of meetings with senior Congress leaders in the state and also will attend the first meeting of the 10-member election management and strategy committee headed by former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Saturday.

After a dismal performance by Congress in the Local Body polls, the meeting assumes significance as many leaders recently had openly criticised the state leadership for failing to take all leaders along and argued that giving greater role to Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) in the United Democratic Front (UDF) has created confusion in party's rank and file.

Polls in Kerala would be around April-May, 2021, along with West Bengal, Puducherry, Assam, and Tamil Nadu.

After a meeting between state party leaders and Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi on Monday, Congress has strategically decided to go with collective leadership in the upcoming Kerala Assembly polls rather than projecting a chief ministerial face in the state.

AICC general secretaries Tariq Anwar and KC Venugopal and Kerala team comprising PCC chief Mullappally Ramachandra, Ommen Chandy and Ramesh Chennithala were present in the meetings with Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi.

Oommen Chandy will lead the Election Management and Coordination Committee against the Pinarayi Vijayan-led ruling LDF. He will have nine more members on the committee.

While Congress leader AK Antony will be the chairman of the Campaign Committee, the formation of more committees will be announced soon.
 

With inputs from ANI

 

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