On Sunday, Congress forms various panels to keep a check on Bihar Elections. These panels include committees for election management and coordination, publicity, media coordination, public meeting and logistics, legal and office management.
Party general secretary Randeep Surjewala named chairman of the election management and coordination committee.Mohan Prakash was made the convenor of the 14-member election management and coordination committee. The panel includes senior leaders like Meira Kumar, Tariq Anwar, Shatrughan Sinha, Kirti Azad, Shakeel Ahmed and Sanjay Nirupam.
Elections to 243 seats of Bihar Legislative Assembly will be conducted in three phases starting October 28 with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) and the BJP on one side and the RJD-led Mahagathbandhan on the other.
According to sources, key positions in these committees indicate the influence of Rahul Gandhi in Congress’ strategy for Bihar and rest speaks the fact that Sanjay Nirupam has been named a part of the party’s election management and coordination committee ahead of the Bihar elections.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi also approved the setting up of the publicity committee, media coordination committee, public meeting and logistics committee, legal committee and office management committee for the Bihar elections, a party statement said.
Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera has been named the chairman of the 15-member media coordination committee for the polls, while Prem Chand Mishra will be the convenor and Rajesh Rathor co-convenor of the panel.
Subodh Kumar has been appointed the convenor of the 14-member publicity committee, while Jaeya Mishra was named the co-convenor of the panel.
The 13-member public meeting and logistics committee will be headed by Brijesh Kumar Munan while the eight-member legal committee will function under the leadership of Varun Chopra.
In its list of 30 star campaigners for the first phase of Bihar assembly polls on October 28, the party has named Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh including Ghulam Nabi Azaad and Raj Babbar, Sachin Pilot, who raised a banner of revolt against Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot along with Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and former actor and ex-MP Shatrughan Sinha are also on the star campaigners’ list which has been sent to the Election Commission
The party has so far declared 21 candidates in its first list for the first phase of the polls on October 28.