Union Minister Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, a known detractor of Mamata Banerjee, dalit MP Ashok Tanwar and senior leader V M Sudheeran were announced as the new PCC chiefs in West Bengal, Haryana and Kerala respectively.
    
AICC secretary and V D Satheeshan have been appointed as the vice-president of the party in Kerala, said Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi.
    
The appointments signaled Rahul Gandhi's efforts to make the party members battle-ready for the coming Lok Sabha polls.

Chowdhury, who is Minister of State for Railways, replaces Pradip Bhattacharya, MP, who was the acting WBPCC chief.

Tanwar succeeds Phulchand Mulana, also a dalit and a close associate of Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

Sudheeran, who is widely respected in Kerala, comes in the place of Ramesh Chennithala who has now been made the Home Minister in the state.
    
Satheeshan, a close associate of Rahul Gandhi, who is known for his clean image and for taking up green causes, has been made Vice President of Kerala PCC.

Sudheeran's appointment is significant in view of the fact that Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy as also Chennithala were pressing the case of G Karthikeyan, who is now the Assembly Speaker.

(Agencies)

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