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Kuldeep Singh Rathore appointed HP Congress chief, replaces Sukhu

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Senior was Thursday appointed as the of the party's unit, replacing Sukhu.

cleared his appointment as the party prepares for the Lok Sabha elections.

The 55-year-old Rathore is a member of the All India Committee (AICC) and a former and the spokesman of the party's state unit, though he has never been an MLA.

An by profession, Rathore comes from the upper Shimla region, considered the apple belt of Himachal. In appointing him, the Congress leadership has sought to balance the regional equation in the state as of Opposition Mukesh Agnihotri hails from lower Himachal.

Rathore is also considered close to Congress Rajya Sabha member

"Congress has appointed as of Congress Committee with immediate effect.

"The party appreciates the hard work and contribution of who will be stepping down from his responsibility as of Himachal Pradesh," a statement from AICC said.

Sukhu's removal ahead of the comes amidst report of a group led by former minister wanting his removal.

had demanded Sukhu's ouster last year too, but Gandhi did not remove him as the state was headed to assembly elections then.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 19:45 IST