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AICC reshuffle on cards after Budget session

A day after Congress President Sonia Gandhi hinted at the possibility of her son Rahul getting more responsibilities, a reshuffle of the AICC Secretariat appeared on the cards.

india Updated: May 12, 2006 21:43 IST

A day after Congress President Sonia Gandhi hinted at the possibility of her son Rahul getting more responsibilities, a reshuffle of the AICC Secretariat appeared on the cards after the Budget session of Parliament.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi's cryptic remarks on Thursday that "this can happen" when asked whether Rahul, who was her campaign manager in Rae Bareli, would be given more responsibilities, has triggered the talk about a possible reshuffle at the AICC.

As the "bring Rahul" campaign gained momentum with many a party leader vying with each other to demand a greater role for the younger Gandhi, a family loyalist Satish Sharma on Friday suggested that Rahul and Priyanka be given responsibility to strengthen the party.

Sharma's demand is significant as it was the first such statement from any party leader in recent years favouring a role for Priyanka as well after Rahul formally joined active politics.

Ever since Rahul entered active politics, there have been demands from partymen across the country that he be given a "higher" responsibility.

While campaigning in Rae Bareli for his mother, Rahul himself had indicated that he was ready to take responsibility for revival of the party in Uttar Pradesh. Gandhi's massive win in Rae Bareli is being projected as 'coming of age' of Rahul, politically.

Several partymen, including AICC General Secretary Ashok Gehlot who is incharge of Uttar Pradesh, have said that instead of giving Rahul the charge of the crucial state ahead of the assembly polls there next year, he should be made AICC General Secretary.