With the dates for the local body elections already announced for Gujarat, the Congress has appointed Tamradhwaj Sahu as senior All India Congress Committee (AICC) observer.
Sahu will oversee the party’s election campaign and coordination for the upcoming local body polls in Gujarat. Sahu’s appointment has been made with immediate effect by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.
In a press statement, AICC general secretary KC Venugopal said, “Congress president has appointed Tamradhwaj Sahu as senior AICC Observer to oversee the election campaign and coordination of the upcoming local body election in Gujarat, with immediate effect. He will discharge his duties in consultation and close coordination with AICC in-Charge of Gujarat.”
Tamradhwaj Sahu is currently the home minister of Chhattisgarh and represents the Durg rural Assembly constituency. The septuagenarian was also a former member of the Parliament from Durg in the 16th Lok Sabha.
Challenge for Congress
The Congress, which is already in a shamble both internally and externally, will be facing unsurmountable challenges in the civic body elections.
The entry of AIMIM in Gujarat, which is going to contest the local body elections, is also supposed to have an impact on Congress’ success, especially due to the likely division of Muslim votes.
Local body elections in Gujarat
The local body elections or civic body polls in Gujarat will be held in two phases. In the first phase of the civic body elections on February 21, polls will be held for municipal corporations. The results for the same will be declared on February 23. The last date for filling candidature is February 6 while the last date for withdrawal of nomination in the civic body polls is February 8.
The second phase of civic body polls will be held on February 28 and will cover nagarpalikas, district panchayats, and taluka panchayats. The results of the same will be declared on March 2. The last date for filling candidature is February 13 while the last date for withdrawal is February 15. The notification for the elections will be put out on February 1.
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