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Rahul to lead Congress 2014 campaign

Posted on Nov 16, 10:01AM | IBNS

Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Thursday was appointed the head of the Congress' election committee, in a move that indicated that the Nehru-Gandhi family scion will be the face of the ruling party for the 2014 general elections.

Gandhi, the son of party president Sonia Gandhi, will preside over the formation of alliances, creation of manifestos as well as the communication that the party will use to reach out to voters.

Gandhi's promotion comes in the wake of report about him assuming a "larger role" within the Congress and the government, and despite the debacle in the Uttar Pradesh polls last year where he led the party's campaign.

The committee, will include three sub-groups - on pre-poll alliances, the manifesto and government programmes, and communications and publicity - general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said.

It was constituted by Congress president Sonia Gandhi following the announcement she made on November 9 at the Samvad Baithak at Surajkund, he added.

The other members of the Election Coordination Committee are Sonia Gandhi's political secretary Ahmed Patel, party general secretaries Janardan Dwivedi, Digvijay Singh and Madhusudan Mistry, and Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh.