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Rahul Gandhi is our new commander: Khurshid

ANI  New Delhi, November 16, 2012
First Published: 15:57 IST(16/11/2012) | Last Updated: 16:12 IST(16/11/2012)

Senior Congress Party leader and external affairs minister Salman Khurshid on Friday welcomed the elevation of Rahul Gandhi as the head of the party's 2014 poll coordination committee, describing him as the Congress's new commander.

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"Our party is very excited. Now, it is clear who our commander is, whose footsteps we have follow," Khurshid told reporters.

However, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said Rahul Gandhi, at this stage, could not be seen as a candidate, but would have a say in the Congress and will always have.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader M Venkaiah Naidu said nobody will be able to save the Congress party from defeat in the 2014 general elections.

"It is the internal matter of the Congress Party  we have nothing to do with that (Rahul Gandhi's appointment), but let me also be clear about one thing -- that nobody can save the Congress party. People are angry with the Congress because of issues like mismanagement, price hike, corruption, farmers suicides and black money etc," Naidu said.

"So, I think nobody will be able to save the Congress Party from defeat. We have the experience of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Orissa," he added.

Besides Gandhi, the members of the Congress Election Coordination Committee for the 2014 Lok Sabha included Ahmed Patel, Digvijay Singh, Madhusudan Mistry and Jairam Ramesh. Dwivedi is also part of the committee.

AK Antony, M Veerappa Moily, Mukul Wasnik, Suresh Pachouri, Jitendra Singh and Mohan Prakash are part of the pre-poll alliance sub group.

Antony, P Chidambaram, Sushil Kumar Shinde, Anand Sharma, Salman Khurshid, Sandeep Dikshit, Ajit Jogi, Renuka Chowdhary, PL Punia and Mohan Gopal (Special Invite) are part of the manifesto and government programme sub group.

Digvijay Singh, Ambika Soni, Manish Tewari, Deepender Hooda, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Rajeev Shukla, Bhakta Charan Das are part of the communication and publicity sub group.


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