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Mukul Wasnik likely to be interim chief of Congress

A new Congress interim chief is set to be announced when the party’s Working Committee meet tomorrow, August 10, according to the sources.

59-year old former minister Mukul Wasnik is seen as the frontrunner for the post.

Son of veteran Congress Leader and three time MP Balkrishna Wasnik, Mukul became the youngest Member of Parliament at age of 25 in 1984. He was National President of National Students Union of India during 1984-1986; and President of Indian Youth Congress during 1988-1990.

Earlier Wasnik has represented Buldhana (Lok Sabha constituency) of Maharashtra during 12th Lok Sabha from 1998-1999, 10th Lok Sabha from 1991-1996 and 8th Lok Sabha during 1984-1989.

Wasnik has worked in the Congress governments of PV Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh. He has also worked as general secretary for Sonia Gandhi.

The party’s organizational mess was visible when the Congress has leaders at both ends of the government’s move to end special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and split it into two union territories.

While at one end senior leaders like Ghulam Nabi Azad and Kapil Sibal tore into the government’s decisions in parliament, outside Jyotiraditya Scindia, Milind Deora, Jaiveer Shergill came out in its support.

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