Congress forms 10-member panel with senior members to overhaul communication strategy

The Congress party has formed a 10-member panel to overhaul its communication strategy, while new party in-charge were appointed for Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. PL Punia was made AICC in-charge for Chhattisgarh, while RPN Singh will look after affairs in Jharkhand.

Both states were earlier handled by BK Hariprasad, who recently resigned as the All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary.

To help improve the party's communication strategy, Congress president Sonia Gandhi formed a new communication strategy group. This decision arrives merely days after confusion reigned over Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's meeting with the Chinese envoy in New Delhi.

According to a report on News-18, Rahul Gandhi was unaware that his party was denying the meeting. This blunder seems to have spearheaded the changes in the communication team.

PTI reports that its members include senior leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, P Chidambaram, Mani Shankar Aiyar, Jairam Ramesh, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sushmita Dev.

AICC in-charge of communications department Randeep Surjewala and chairperson of its newly-set up research department Rajeev Gowda have been made its ex-officio members. "The group will meet daily and assist the communication department of the AICC," a statement from AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said.

Another statement said that Gandhi assigned the task of looking after party affairs in Chhattisgarh to a new team, in place of B K Hariprasad and Bhakta Charan Das.

Besides Punia, the team includes AICC Secretaries Kamleshwar Patel and Arun Oraon. In Jharkhand, RPN Singh will be assisted by AICC secretaries Umang Singhar and Mainul Haque.

Apart from these changes, India Today reports that Sonia Gandhi has also approved the appointment of 20 young leaders as secretaries, a move that has been initiated based on feedback received by Rahul Gandhi.

With inputs from agencies

Updated Date: Jul 13, 2017 21:05 PM

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