Manikrao Thakre, a four-time MLA and former president of the Maharashtra PCC, has been named the new AICC incharge for Telangana. He replaces Manickam Tagore, who has been named the new AICC incharge for Goa, ahead of the Assembly elections in 2023.
Thakre was a Maharashtra minister twice, an MLA four times, and an MLC for one term. He was also the vice-speaker of the Maharashtra Legislative Council. Tagore was in charge of Telangana for two years. During that time, he was involved in several controversies, the biggest of which was his crushing loss in the Munugode by-election. Kharge is said to have been asked by Tagore to get rid of him.
Tagore was accused by rivals both inside and outside the party of taking a bribe from A. Revanth Reddy to get the position of PCC chief. He strongly denied this and took the BRS leaders who made the claim to court.
People have thought that Tagore asked Kharge to get rid of him. Even with the way things are politically in the state, he could have been asked to leave. The main reason is that the party has been losing in Telangana by-elections, with Munugode being the last one. The last call was made because of the recent creation of PCC’s new committees and the fact that key leaders were becoming more and more divided.