He was the working president of KPCC in charge of South Karnataka before this.
Rao will take over from Dr G Parameshwara who was leading KPCC till now.
Rao’s appointment comes at a time when the Congress is looking to gain the support and votes of those from communities.
48-year-old Gundu Rao is five-time MLA from Gandhinagar in Bengaluru.
In the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the Congress is looking to use Rao’s organizational skills to keep the party together in what could be a united fight with the JD(S) against the BJP.
It is believed that former chief minister Siddaramaiah had lobbied for Dinesh Gundu Rao.