Congress appoints Kamal Nath as Madhya Pradesh state chief

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The Congress on Thursday appointed senior leader Kamal Nath the chief of the Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee. However, the party is keeping its cards close on whether he is going to be the chief ministerial face for the Congress in the state.

Besides the appointment of Kamal Nath, the AICC also announced the appointment of former Union minister and Guna MP Jyotiraditya Scindia as chairman of the campaign committee.

Senior BJP leader and Rajya Sabha member Prabhat Jha said that with the appointment of Kamal Nath as the Madhya Pradesh Congress unit president, it came clear that the fight for Mission 2018 will be between a "Corporate" and a "Kisan".

Jytoriditya Scindia has been named as Chairman of the campaign committee.

Mr. Bachchan said the Congress decision will bring the desired results for the party in Madhya Pradesh.

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Kamal Nath, on the other hand, is a nine-time MP from Chhindwara and a former Parliamentary Affairs Minister during the UPA regime. Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia were the prime contenders for the post.

Nath admitted that in the past he had said he would support Scindia if the high command named the former maharaja of Gwalior as the MPCC chief.

The appointments in Madhya Pradesh unit are considered as a "please-all" formula evolved by the Congress president, who has left the choice of the chief ministerial candidate open.

By appointing four working presidents, something the Congress did earlier in the elections of 1993- the party has attempted to give representation to all important communities and faction within the Congress. He added there was no factionalism or division among the state leaders and the party was united in the state. He replaced Nandkumar Singh Chauhan, who has been the BJP's state unit president since August 2014.

Chodankar's appointment is significant because he had played a key role in the party's Gujarat campaign a year ago as well as unsuccessfully contested against Goa CM Manohar Parrikar in bypolls. "As president, I will work dedicatedly and with full coordination to defeat the BJP and I thank Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi for reposing faith in me", Nath tweeted.