Congress removes Digvijaya Singh as general secretary in-charge of Goa, Karnataka
File photo: Digvijaya Singh. Photograph: (Zee News Network)
India's Congress party today replaced Digvijaya Singh as general secretary in-charge of Goa and Karnataka.
AICC Secretary A Chella Kumar has been made in-charge of Goa.
K C Venugopal has been made general secretary in-charge of Karnataka, where assembly polls are due next year.
Digvijaya Singh's removal comes after he was widely blamed for moving slowly to form the government in Goa in the recent assembly polls.
The Congress which finished as the largest single party in the assembly elections with 17 seats in the 40-member House was outflanked by the BJP which quickly inducted independents and other small parties(MGP, Goa Forward) to form the government in the coastal state led by chief minister Manohar Parrikar even though the party had won just 13 seats in the polls.
The political manoeuvre left Congress red-faced even though Digvijaya Singh tried to defend his position declaring it was against the constitution since the grand old party of India was the largest single party but his argument wasn't taken seriously as the governor invited the BJP to form the government since it had cobbled together a majority in the Goa assembly.
The former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh will, however, continue as general secretary in-charge of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.