Congress president Sonia Gandhi has effected some important changes in the organisation, removing Anil Shastri as the editor of party mouthpiece 'Sandesh' and naming Renuka Choudhary and Rashid Alvi as spokespersons. Former union minister Suresh Pachauri was rehabilitated in the party.
Shastri has been replaced by senior leader Girja Vyas in a move signalling the leadership's resentment over an editorial in Sandesh in which he had criticised the Manmohan Singh government for sending four senior ministers to receive yoga guru Ramdev at the airport.
Shastri, who is a special invitee to the CWC, has been named as a chairman of newly created Hindi department.
Pachauri has been named as convenor of party's research and coordination department. Jairam Ramesh has been inducted as a member in the editorial board of Sandesh. Law minister Salman Khurshid continues to be its other member.
Gandhi had cleared the appointments before going for treatment abroad and the announcements were made on Friday by Dwivedi, who continues to head the party's media department.
With the inductions of Choudhury and Alvi, the party will now have four spokespersons. Abhishek Singhvi and Tewari are the other two media faces of the party.
General secretary Vilas Muttemwar will monitor government flagship schemes and party programmes.
While Karan Singh will continue to head the foreign affairs department, Anand Sharma will be its vice-chairman and Tewari its secretary. Vyas has also been given the charge of party's vichar vibhag (intellectual cell).