Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu appointed Himachal Pradesh PCC chief
New Delhi: Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, a former MLA, has been appointed President of Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee.
Sukhu (48) was appointed Working President of the state Congress in January when senior leader Virbhadra Singh (78) quit the post after becoming Chief Minister. A two-time MLA, Sukhu had also been state NSUI and Youth Congress president.
The announcement made today by AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi, a day after a new PCC chief for Bihar was announced, appears to have set in motion the much-awaited PCC reshuffle pending in a number of states.
"Congress President Sonia Gandhi has appointed Sukhu as the President of the Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee with immediate effect," Dwivedi said in a press release.
Both the new PCC chiefs are relatively young and have served in the Youth Congress in the past. Ashok Chaudhary, who was appointed Bihar PCC chief, is 43 years old.
Their appointment is in line with the party's renewed focus on youths and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi's long-term plans for strengthening the party orgnisation in the states.
The new PCC heads were appointed after Rahul's recent interaction with party leaders from the AICC to block levels in a number of states.