File photo of AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi.
File photo of AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi.

Rahul Gandhi elevated as Vice-President and no.2 in Congress

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, January 19, 2013

In a significant move ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the Indian National Congress today elevated Mr Rahul Gandhi as its Vice-President and, therefore, the number two in the party.

The name of Mr Gandhi, 42, who was a general secretary of the party, was proposed for the post of Vice-President of the party at a meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) on the second day of the three-day Chintan Shivir of the party in Defence Minister A K Antony.
Congress spokesperson Janardhan Dwivedi told journalists that all the members of the CWC welcomed the proposal with loud thumping of their desks after which Congress President Sonia Gandhi approved the proposal and Mr Gandhi accepted the position.
"With his appointment as Vice-President of the Indian National Congress, Mr Rahul Gandhi has been elevated to the number two position in the party," Mr Dwivedi said.
He said Mr Antony said he was making the proposal in view of the growing clamour within the party for a larger role for Mr Gandhi.
Mr Dwivedi said the decision would, in general, strengthen the party and, in particular, the hands of Ms Gandhi. He said the Congress was the only pan-India party and the only unifying force in the country with a unique blend of youth and experience in its leadership.
He said the party had, by elevating Mr Gandhi to the number two position, reposed its faith in its most effective and accepted youth leader.
Mr Dwivedi also said that any decision about the role that Mr Gandhi would play in the coming Lok Sabha elections would be taken by the party at a later date. This was in response to the speculation in the media that the party might put him in charge of its election campaign or even field him as its Prime Ministerial candidate.

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