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Bhubaneshwar Kalita is Congress' chief whip, replaces Satyavrat Chaturvedi

New Delhi: The Congress on Tuesday removed Satyavrat Chaturvedi as the party's chief whip in Rajya Sabha and replaced him with Bhubaneshwar Kalita.

Chaturvedi is a member of Parliament from Madhya Pradesh, which goes to polls in 2018, while Kalita represents Assam.

"I had requested my leadership about six months ago to relieve me of my responsibility. I'm thankful to the
leadership that my request has been accepted," Chaturvedi told PTI.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

Asked whether he has sought a role in his state which goes to polls soon, he said, "I will work wherever my party wants me to work."

With the BJP in power in Madhya Pradesh for the last 15 years, the Congress smells its chance in the next elections.

The race for the new president of Madhya Pradesh Congress is on with senior Congress leaders Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia vying with each other for the position.

The tenure of the current Madhya Pradesh Assembly ends on 7 January, 2019 and elections are likely to be held in late 2018.

Updated Date: Jul 18, 2017 22:25 PM

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