Chandigarh: Rajasthan Revenue Minister Harish Chaudhary was on Friday appointed as the AICC in-charge for party affairs in poll-bound Punjab. Chaudhary replaces former Uttarkhand CM and veteran Congress leader Harish Rawat. Chaudhary has also been made the in-charge for Chandigarh.Also Read - ‘Stop Talking About Secularism’: Amarinder Singh Slams Congress, Questions Alliance With Sena

The decision comes after Rawat had urged the party high-command to relieve him as general secretary in-charge for Punjab affairs in view of the upcoming assembly elections in Uttarakhand. Also Read - Congress to Reserve 40% Tickets for Women in Upcoming UP Assembly Elections: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in Lucknow

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“Congress president has appointed Harish Chaudhary as AICC in-charge of Punjab and Chandigarh with immediate effect.Harish Rawat is being relieved from his current responsibility as AICC general secretary in-charge of Punjab and Chandigarh,” an official party statement said. Rawat shall, however, continue to be a member of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the highest decision making body of the party.

“The party appreciates his contribution as general secretary,” the statement further said. Rawat played a key role in bringing in Navjot Singh Sidhu as the Punjab Congress chief despite strong opposition from then chief minister Amarinder Singh.

He later played a key role in replacing Amarinder Singh with Charanjit Singh Channi as chief minister of Punjab after Amarinder Singh resigned alleging humiliation at the hands of the party.

(With inputs from PTI)