Cong revamps organisation, names Maken, Soni general secretaries
New Delhi: The Congress Sunday effected a major organisational reshuffle geared towards the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, inducting former union ministers including Ambika Soni, Ajay Maken, C.P. Joshi and Gurudas Kamat as general secretaries and appointing several young leaders as secretaries.
The reshuffle, carried out ahead of an expected cabinet reshuffle Monday, had the stamp of party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, party sources said. The revamp also saw some party general secretaries and secretaries dropped.
Party president Sonia Gandhi, who made the changes, also reconstituted the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the party's highest decision-making body and appointed screening committees for poll-bound states including Delhi, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.
Rahul Gandhi will be in charge of frontal organisations that include his earlier responsibilities of Youth Congress and NSUI apart from Mahila Congress and Seva Dal. Digvijay Singh, who for several years has been general secretary in charge of the crucial state of Uttar Pradesh, has been moved to Andhra Pradesh. He will also be incharge of Goa and Karnataka.
Reacting on the rumours that Congress may name Unique Identification Authority of India Chairman, Nandan Nilekani as its candidate for Prime Minister, JD(U) Leader Shivanand Tiwari said the move could be suicidal for the party.
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