After being unanimously nominated to lead the party in the 2023 Assembly elections, Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee chief Kamal Nath has formed a committee aimed at joint leadership and overseeing the political development of the state.
Congress leaders announced on Monday that they would contest next year’s state elections under former chief minister Nath.
The committee headed by Nath will have 20 senior leaders and two special members – Rajmani Patel and Vivek Tankha.
According to sources, the committee was formed at the behest of Sonia Gandhi, head of the All India Congress Committee (AICC), who seems to be trying to develop a joint leadership, especially after the revolt of G23 leaders.
The Congress, which lost power in the state in 2020 due to infighting, has planned to promote joint leadership, said a senior party leader in Bhopal. The massive defeat in the recent assembly elections in five states has hurt the party as it has lost the only northern Indian state of Punjab, ruled by the fledgling Aam Aadmi Party.
The committee will meet twice a month to work out a strategy to corner the ruling BJP.
Prominent members of the committee include Digvijay Singh, Suresh Pachori, Kantilal Bhuria, Dr. Govind Singh and Arun Yadav.
At a recent meeting, Congress leaders relied on state chief Kamal Nath and decided to protest strongly against the ruling Shivraj Singh Chouhan government on issues such as inflation, unemployment and farmers.
BJP state media co-ordinator Lokendra Parashar said the committee would only complicate the problems of the opposition.
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