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.
In a rather unusual instance, a Special Protection Group (SPG) commando from Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s security team has gone missing since September 3, from the senior leader’s 10, Janpath Marg residence. Reportedly, the commando identified as Rakesh Kumar had reported on duty on the day he went missing, despite having an off on the given day.
Troubled with the suspicious circumstances under which the commando went missing, the Tuglaq Road police has started a probe into the matter and are conducting search operation. However, police have confirmed that the 31-year-old SPG commando has left his service revolver and mobile phone behind.
Initial investigation suggests that apart from reporting on duty on September 1, Rakesh had also met his SPG colleagues at Sonia Gandhi’s residence and had left the premise at around 11 am. His family, which stays at a rented accommodation in Dwarka, couldn’t reach him as Rakesh was not even carrying his mobile phone. And with no contact with Rakesh for 48 hours, his family contacted senior authorities. However, during police enquiry, the family ruled out any possibility of the commando’s enmity or feud with anyone.
Under the 1988 act of the Parliament, the SPG commandos are provided to the Prime Minister, former Prime Minister and their immediate kin. The special commandos, taken from the Central Armed Police Force and Railway Protection Force are usually equipped with the best weapons like FN Herstal (assault rifle), Glock Pistol and FN Herstal (P90)