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Rahul Gandhi,Priyanka Gandhi in Amethi,raise speculation over latter’s rising role in UP

The brother-sister duo asked questions about the party's history,Panchayati Raj,major schemes.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Amethi | Published: July 23, 2013 8:44:09 pm

Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi today conducted interviews of shortlisted candidates for the post of block and city unit presidents of the district.

Party’s Vice President Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi interviewed about 40 candidates for the post of 17 block and five city unit presidents since the morning at the Munshiganj guest house,party sources said.

The interview,which according to the candidates,was quite similar to the one for any job and in some ways was more difficult.

The brother-sister duo asked questions about the party’s history,Panchayati Raj,major schemes of UPA government,benefits of MNREGS and ways and means for further strengthening the party organisation,the sources said. The process for selection of these candidates had started on July 12 on the directives of Rahul and Priyanka. The meet has raised speculation that Priyanka is raising her role in Uttar Pradesh to improve party’s image as well as prospects – something that has been long denied by party.

The sources said that a merit list was prepared on the basis of candidates’ seniority and works done by them by a committee comprising present and former MLAs,members of PCC and AICC and was given to Rahul Gandhi. The four top performers,as per the recommendation of the committee for each block and city units,were called for today’s interviews and this process would continue tomorrow.

Earlier,a group of people met the Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and raised a demand for including Tiloi tehsil in Rae Bareli district. The group met Gandhi near Fursatganj and asked for inclusion of Tiloi tehsil in the district. The tehsil has been included in Amethi district in the latest notification issued recently.

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