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Eye on 2022 polls, Rahul discusses Gujarat Congress rejig

The Times of India logo The Times of India 22-10-2021
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NEW DELHI: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday told senior members of the Gujarat unit that the party has to work unitedly and win the 2022 state elections, as he held detailed discussions with them about the organisational set up going forward. With the party having just appointed Rajasthan health minister Raghu Sharma as the new state in-charge, Rahul met a delegation of important Gujarat leaders to discuss the im- pending party rejig and the challenges ahead. It is learnt that a large part of the discussion was about the new head of the Gujarat Congress who is to be appointed.

While all the state leaders generally claim that the party is united, the concerns in the leadership are about the possibility of factionalism breaking out after the nomination of the new chief. The late 2022 Gujarat elections are a top priority for the party given that the state is the home turf of PM Narendra Modi and the party came very close to dislodging the BJP from power in 2017.

Given the high stakes, Rahul held a one on one meeting with Gujarat netas. While details of the interactions are not known, it is said that he sought the opinion of individual leaders about the possible candidate to head the state unit.

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