New Delhi: Vilas Muttemwar, who on Tuesday
missed the bus to the Union Cabinet, was made Congress general
secretary while Arun Yadav was named party secretary
after he was dropped from the Ministry.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi made the appointments
close on the heels of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
reshuffling his Council of Ministers.
62-year old Muttemwar, a Congress leader from Vidarbha
region of Maharashtra, is a Lok Sabha member from Nagpur and
was a prominent ministerial hopeful.
There has been talk that BJP president Nitin Gadkari
could contest the next Lok Sabha polls from Nagpur.
Muttemwar was a Minister of State in the UPA-I holding
independent charge of New and Renewable Energy.
Yadav, who was Minister of State for Agriculture and
Food Processing, is a Lok Sabha member from Khandwa in Madhya
The announcement was made by AICC general secretary
With the appointment of Muttemwar, the Congress will
have 10 general secretaries. The party has more than 30