Dasmunsi appointed West Bengal PCC chief
Posted on: 04:02 PM IST Feb 13, 2008
New Delhi: The Congress High Command has decided to change three Pradesh Congress Committee chiefs.
PR Dasmunsi, a known detractor of the Marxists, was on Wednesday appointed the state unit chief of Congress in the Left-ruled West Bengal ahead of next year's Lok Sabha polls.
In organisational changes in two other states where assembly elections are due this year, Union Water Resources Minister Saifuddin Soz was made the J and K PCC chief while Minister of State for Personnel Suresh Pachouri was appointed to head the party in Madhya Pradesh.
Ajay Singh, son of Union HRD Minister Arjun Singh, has been made in-charge of campaign committee in BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh.
West Bengal would have panchayat elections soon. Jammu and Kashmir has a Congress-PDP coalition government.
63-year-old Dasmunsi, who holds the portfolio of Information and Broadcasting and Parliamentary Affairs and Pachouri (56), who also looks after Parliamentary Affairs as MoS, may have to shed one of their ministries. Soz may continue to hold charge of his ministry.
Dasmunsi, who represents Raiganj in Lok Sabha to which he was elected first time in 1971, replaces Pranab Mukherjee who was functioning as WBPCC chief and had resigned after the party's debacle in the assembly polls in 2006. He had earlier been once PCC President between 1985 and 1988 and had served as national youth Congress chief for four years.