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Rahul Gandhi appointed vice president of Congress

Saturday, 19 January 2013 - 8:31pm IST Updated: Saturday, 19 January 2013 - 8:46pm IST | Place: Jaipur | Agency: IANS
Amid calls for a bigger role in the party, Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi has been elevated to the position of vice president of Congress. AK Antony reportedly proposed the name of Gandhi.

Rahul Gandhi was Saturday named the Congress vice president, making him officially the number two in the India's oldest party.

Congress party spokesperson Janardan Dwivedi told reporters that the decision to elevate Rahul Gandhi was taken by the Congress Working Committee, the party's highest decision making body, at its 'Chintan Shivir' in Jaipur.

"With his appointment as vice president of the Congress party today, Rahul Gandhi has been elevated to number two position in the party," Dwivedi said.

"This decision will greatly strengthen the party and the hands of the Congress president," he said.

"Whether Rahul will lead the party in 2014 general elections will be decided later," Dwivedi said.


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