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Congress in reshuffle mode, Digvijay Singh removed as incharge of Goa, Karnataka

Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh was on Saturday removed as the party's general secretary incharge of Karnataka and Goa.

The step was taken after Congress' failure to form government in Goa despite having emerged as the single largest party in the assembly election this February.

The charge of Karnataka has been given to party MP K.C. Venugopal, who has been appointed a General Secretary while Chella Kumar has been named in charge of Goa.

Venugopal, the Lok Sabha MP from Alappuzha in Kerala and the party's deputy whip in the Lok Sabha, is considered close to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi.

"Congress president Sonia Gandhi has assigned the tasks of looking after Karnataka and Goa affairs to new AICC teams. While K C Venugopal has been made general secretary incharge of Karnataka, A Chella Kumar has been made AICC incharge of Goa," party general secretary Janaradan Dwivedi said in a statement.

Venugopal will be assisted by four secretaries to take care of Karnataka affairs--Manickam Tagore, PC Vishnunadh, Madhu Yashki Goud and Sake Sailjanath.

Elections will be held to the Karnataka assembly in the first half of 2018. The Congress is in power in the state.

In Goa Chella Kumar has been made the AICC incharge of Goa, while Amit Deshmukh will assist him as the Secretary AICC of the state.

Another party leader Madhusudan Mistry ceased to be a general secretary after he was made a member of the party's Central Election Authority for holding the organisational polls later this year.

Sonia Gandhi also formed an Advisory Committee of CEA in which Shamsher Singh Dullo, Rajya Sabha MP, Ashk Ali Taq, former MP and Biren Singh Engti, MP, have been made members.

Gandhi had earlier appointed former Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot as party's general secretary incharge of Gujarat, slated to go to polls later this year, removing party leader Gurudas Kamat from the post.