Sonia Gandhi to head Congress election panel, Rahul is Vice Chairman

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be a member of the committee along with several union ministers.

Written by Manoj C G | New Delhi | Updated: February 12, 2014 7:55 am
The announcement came less than a month after the Congress had said that Rahul, the party Vice President, will lead its campaign in the upcoming general elections due in May. The announcement came less than a month after the Congress had said that Rahul, the party Vice President, will lead its campaign in the upcoming general elections due in May.

Three weeks after declaring that the 2014 election campaign will be led by Rahul Gandhi, the Congress has announced, in a surprise move, a campaign committee chaired by president Sonia Gandhi. Rahul will be co-chairman of the panel, indicating the campaign will be under the dual leadership of Sonia and Rahul.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, many of his cabinet colleagues and several other party veterans figure in the 50-member jumbo panel announced by the party on Tuesday.

While no chief ministers are included, former chief ministers Ashok Gehlot and Sheila Dikshit are in.

The announcement of the committee with Sonia Gandhi as chairperson was surprising given that the panel in existence is headed by Rahul. The announcement of the campaign committee headed by Sonia Gandhi comes days after the Congress launched an advertisement blitzkrieg featuring Rahul.

Rahul’s solo ads were planned by the Congress to position him against BJP’s prime ministerial face Narendra Modi. Incidentally, the announcement comes at a time when Modi has been sharpening his attack on Rahul, sparing Sonia. Rahul also faced criticism for his showing in a television interview, raising questions over his campaign strategy.

Members of the panel include Union Ministers P Chidambaram, A K Antony, Sushil Kumar Shinde, Salman Khurshid, Anand Sharma, Ghulam Nabi Azad besides the AICC president’s political secretary Ahmed Patel, treasurer Motilal Vora and all general secretaries of the party.

Not many of Rahul’s youth brigade have a place in the committee barring the likes of Jitendra Singh and Krishna Byre Gowda although young leaders like Manish Tewari, Randeep Surjewala, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Dinesh Gundurao and Anant Gadgil are part of the team.

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    Abhishek Singh
    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:56 am
    Its good that Sonia and Rahul got important position in the party campaign panel for coming election, congress always perform good under charismatic leadership of Sonia and Rahul.
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      Abhishek Singh
      Feb 12, 2014 at 10:56 am
      Its good that Sonia and Rahul got important position in the party campaign panel for coming election, congress always perform good under charismatic leadership of Sonia and Rahul.
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        Arunachalam Gounder
        Feb 12, 2014 at 7:05 am
        Finally the Congress had to put an Italian Bar girl to lead the party and sure, it will be thrown in dust bin. The congress sycophants who do bhajans now will blame her after elections. Shame less Congress party leaders.
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          Arunachalam Gounder
          Feb 12, 2014 at 7:05 am
          Finally the Congress had to put an Italian Bar girl to lead the party and sure, it will be thrown in dust bin. The congress sycophants who do bhajans now will blame her after elections. Shame less Congress party leaders.
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            Atul
            Feb 12, 2014 at 12:32 am
            Nice..looks like Pvt Ltd company of Sonia and Rahul. Also make sure to give some positions to Priyanka, Robert and their kids.
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              Shyam Bansal
              Feb 12, 2014 at 6:20 am
              I can see congress bringing in policies.Rahul hi is announced co-chairman of the committee, so people can rely on him.The campaign panel is very crucial for LS elections.
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                Shyam Bansal
                Feb 12, 2014 at 6:20 am
                Sonia hi will bring hope and positivity in congress' camp.This year the campaigns are going to be very big and could prove healthy from congress' point of view.
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                  selva
                  Feb 12, 2014 at 8:14 am
                  The political experience and seniority of Indian congress leaders is of no considerations in the INC lead by Maa, Beta and why not beti and g children.Pity the nation and those senior congress leaders who had spend all their life in licking the imported leaders.We might as well out source the governance to Britishers having seen their performance in last few centuries.
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