In a significant move, Narayan Rane who was till recently threatening to leave the Congress was made chairman of the Congress campaign committee, and Ashok Chavan, chairman of the election coordination committee. Former Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde was named the head of the manifesto committee for the Maharastra polls. The chief Minister and PCC chief Manikrao Thakre are members of all the committees.
Both Rane and Ashok Chavan are known detractors of the chief minister Prithivraj Chavan and their appointments to these two committees as expected, effectively makes the chief minister fight with his back to the wall for survival.
The chief minister was on the verge of being removed prior to the election but he had managed to ward off the challenge from Rane and others. But now things will get tougher for him.
The 33-member jumbo campaign committee has former ministers Anantrao Thopte, Rohidas Patil and party MPs Rajni Patil, Avinash Pandey and former MP Milind Deora.
The coordination Committee has Shinde, Mukul Wasnik, Rane, Murli Deora, Gurudas Kamath, Janardan Chandurkar, Patangrao Kadam, Hussain Dalwai, Kamaltai Vyavhare and Sharad Ranpise as members.
The 39-member manifesto committee has Maharashtra ministers Bala Saheb Thorat, Harshvardhan Patil, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, Nitin Raut, party MP and Youth Congress chief Rajiv Satav and party spokesman Anant Gadgil.