Rahul Gandhi cancels Kumar Ashish's appointment as AICC secretary for Uttar Pradesh East; Sachin Naik to take his place

New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi Wednesday cancelled the appointment of Kumar Ashish as an AICC secretary attached with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the party's general secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh East, a day after he was assigned the responsibility.

The JD(U) in Bihar as well as certain people on social media had questioned Ashish's appointment as AICC secretary after citing an old paper leak case linked to him. "Congress president has approved the proposal for the appointment of Sachin Naik in his place as AICC secretary," a statement released by Congress general secretary (organisation) KC Venugopal said.

Ashish was appointed to the position by the Congress president on Tuesday night along with five more AICC secretaries for Uttar Pradesh — three each attached to Priyanka and Jyotiraditya Scindia.

Rahul Gandhi cancels Kumar Ashishs appointment as AICC secretary for Uttar Pradesh East; Sachin Naik to take his place

Congress leader Kumar Ashish. Twitter/@kumarashishyuva

"Congress president Rahul has cancelled the appointment of Kumar Ashish as AICC secretary attached with Priyanka, general secretary for Uttar Pradesh East, with immediate effect," the party statement said, without giving any reason for the cancellation.

Priyanka and Scindia were appointed AICC general secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh East and Uttar Pradesh West respectively in January and took charge earlier in February.

Ashish, Zubair Khan and Bajirao Khade were named on Tuesday night as AICC secretaries attached to Priyanka. Rana Goswami, Dhiraj Gurjar, and Rohit Chaudhary were named as AICC secretaries attached to Scindia.

Priyanka and Scindia held a series of discussions with party workers last week in Lucknow, with at least one session lasting through the night.

The Congress is trying to revive itself in the state where it faces a challenge from the Bharatiya Janata Party, as well as from the alliance of the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party.

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Updated Date: Feb 20, 2019 22:58:54 IST

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