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Digvijaya Singh removed as Congress party in-charge for Goa, Karnataka

Digvijaya Singh

Congress party president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday replaced office bearers in charge of party units in Goa and Karnataka. To support him, Maharashtra Congress leader Amit Deshmukh has been appointed as AICC secretary.

Venugopal will be assisted by new party secretaries Manickam Tagore, Madhu Goud Yaskhi (both former Lok Sabha MPs), former Kerala legislator PC Vishnunadh and former Andhra Pradesh minister Sake Sailjanath.

Congress' Lok Sabha MP KC Venugopal has been appointed the party's new general secretary in-charge of Karnataka, where assembly elections are due in 2018. K C Venugopal, a Congress MP from Alappuzha constituency was a minister of state for Civil Aviation in the UPA Government.

Downplaying the recent rejig in the Goa Congress, the grand old party on Sunday said that it was mere a routine internal organisational change which happens from time to time.

Congress had emerged as the single-largest party in Goa in the February elections but could not form the government as BJP walked away with its pre-poll allies.

The dropping of Mistry, who is known to be close to Rahul Gandhi, was announced when he was made a member of Congress central election authority, a post that bars him from holding any other party posts.

The announcement about Venugopal being appointed the party's new general secretary of Karnataka was made in the evening on Saturday.

They had even complained to party vice president Rahul Gandhi seeking immediate action against Singh. The next elections for the post of party president is to be completed by December this year.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari as well as Parrikar, in return sarcastically thanked Singh for allowing BJP to form the Government and taunted that "he was here in Goa for holiday".

After the Goa debacle, Singh had accused Parrikar of having cheated the people of the state by "robbing the mandate". "Congress had all the chances of forming government in Goa".