Congress appoints Rahul Gandhi as head of poll coordination panel

November 16, 2012 - 12:26:00 am

New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi will head the six-member Congress coordination panel for the 2014 general elections constituted by party chief Sonia Gandhi, the party announced yesterday.

Congress General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi in a release said Rahul Gandhi, who already has a de facto number two status in the party, tops the list of members of the crucial Election Coordination Committee for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Among other members of the panel are Sonia Gandhi’s political adviser Ahmed Patel, party General Secretaries Janardan Dwivedi, Digvijay Singh and Madhusudan Mistry and party strategist and Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh.

The Congress president also formed three sub-groups under the panel to look after specific issues such as pre-poll alliances, manifesto and government programmes, and communications and publicity. The announcement on the groups was made at the party’s ‘Samvad Baithak’ (Dialogue Session) held on November 4 at Surajkund, a town bordering Delhi in Haryana. While Rahul’s close aide and Minister for Youth Affairs Jitendra Singh has been included in the sub-group on pre-poll alliances, other young leaders such as Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari, Power Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, MP Deepender Hooda (son of Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda), and Congress spokesman Sandeep Dikshit have been included in the sub-panel on communications and publicity. IANS

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