By 1stnewz Staff : Gearing up for the upcoming assembly elections and underlining the importance of the electoral battle in Kerala and Assam for the Congress, party chief Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday appointed Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Chattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel as senior observers for campaign management and coordination in Kerala and Assam respectively. Besides Gehlot, former Goa CM Luizinho Faleiro and former Karnataka Deputy CM G Parameswara will be senior observers for campaign management and coordination for Kerala. While Baghel, AICC general secretary and CWC member Mukul Wasnik and AICC secretary and Bihar MLA Shakeel Ahmed Khan will oversee the preparation in Assam.

Sonia Gandhi constituted four groups, one each for poll bound Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and West Bengal, comprising three seniors leaders each.

In Kerala, where the Congress has a chance to come back to power. The party is now trying to reach out to various Christian leaders. For instance, AICC incharge of Kerala Tariq Anwar, who is in the state met Major Archbishop of Syro- Malabar Malankara Catholic Church, Cardinal Baselios Mar Cleemis on Tuesday.

In Assam, the Congress is hoping to come back to power thought many party leaders believe it is an uphill battle. While the party is going to forge an alliance with the AIUDF and CPM to fight against the BJP led alliance.

In Bengal, AICC incharge Jitin Prasada has asked the state unit to complete seat - sharing talks with the Left parties, so that the party can begin the process of identifying candidates.

Former Rajya Sabha MP B K Hariprasad, Jharkhand Minister Alamgir Alam and Punjab Minister Vijay Inder Singla will oversee preparation in West Bengal.

Former Karnataka CM M Veerappa Moily, former Defence Minister M M Pallam Raju and Maharashtra minister Nitin Raut will be in-charge of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. 

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