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Faleiro poised to play bigger role in AICC

Former chief minister Luizinho Faleiro has been elevated as general secretary of All India Congress Committee (AICC) and entrusted charge of six north-eastern Indian states of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura. He was earlier a permanent invitee to the Congress working committee.

Recently Faleiro was appointed chairman of the central election committee (CEC) for the Karnataka elections that Congress won, raising his stock in the Congress.

Faleiro’s appointment as general secretary was notable, as he became the first Goan to be entrusted with this responsibility at a national level in the Congress organization, sources said.

The former chief minister’s name figures in the list of 12 general secretaries appointed by Congress on Sunday.

Faleiro, who was MLA in Goa assembly between 1980 and 2007, and was a minister holding various portfolios in various governments, had functioned prior to his promotion, as a member of Congress Working Committee (permanent invitee) in charge of Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Sikkim.

Also finding a place in the Congress organizational setup is Goa Rajya Sabha MP Shantaram Naik who has been named one of the secretaries to assist Digvijay Singh in handling Goa, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

Naik said Digvijay Singh will be assisted by four secretaries-Naik, Orissa Rajya Sabha MP R C Khuntia and Congress functionaries A Chella Kumar and S Thirunavukkarasar.

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