The Congress on Saturday divested general secretary Mohan Prakash of the charge of Madhya Pradesh, appointing Deepak Babaria in his place.
In another major change, Lok Sabha MP Sushmita Dev replaces Shobha Oza as the head of the All India Mahila Congress.
Hailing from Gujarat, Babaria is a close confidant of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. He will be assisted by two secretaries – Zubair Khan and Sanjay Kapoor.
Prakash had come under severe criticism over his style of functioning. The state leaders had repeatedly complained to the party high command that he had failed to revive the party in Madhya Pradesh where the Congress has been out of power since 2003.
Prakash, however, continues to hold charge of Maharashtra.
Congress sources said the leadership has also finalised a new chief of the state unit in Madhya Pradesh to take on the ruling BJP in next year’s assembly elections. The party is expected to announce the name of PCC chief and the new team soon.