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Rahul Gandhi made Congress vice president

Times Iternational Desk - January 21st, 2013

The Congress party on Saturday appointed 42-year-old Rahul Gandhi as its vice president, says a Zeenews report.
The Congress Working Committee (CWC), meeting on the sidelines of the party’s two-day ‘Chintan Shivir’, passed a resolution unanimously elevating Rahul Gandhi – till now the party general secretary – as the official number two in the party.
Expressing his gratitude and thanking the party, Rahul sought to assure everyone about his latest assignment and said he has great experience.
“I have great experience…In the last eight years that I have worked with the party I have seen it is a great organisation and together we will transform the country. It is a great party,” he told the CWC in his acceptance speech.
“The entire CWC endorsed Rahul’s appointment,” party chief spokesperson Janardhan Dwivedi told reporters after the CWC meet.
“This decision will greatly strengthen the party and the hands of the Congress president,” he stated.
Dwivedi said as to what will be Rahul’s role in the next election or whether he will lead the election campaign will be decided later.
“Any election or campaign related decisions will be taken at a later stage,” Dwivedi said.
He said with his appointment as Vice President of Congress today, Rahul Gandhi has been elevated to the “number two” position in the party.
In Rahul Gandhi the party has its most effective and most accepted young leader reflecting the feelings of millions of Congress workers,” Dwivedi said.
The spokesperson informed that party chief Sonia Gandhi gave the nod and Rahul accepted the responsibility.
The resolution was moved by senior party leader and Defence Minister AK Antony.

Celebrations erupted outside the venue even before the formal announcement of Rahul’s new role in the party with jubilant workers bursting crackers and raising slogans hailing the young leader.

Rahul vs Modi in 2014?

The development came amid growing clamour for declaring Rahul as the prime ministerial candidate of the party.

Rahul’s appointment also came 16 months ahead of the Lok Sabha polls and at a time when BJP appears to be zeroing in on Narendra Modi as its PM candidate.

He was made the Congress general secretary by Sonia Gandhi on September 24, 2007, over three years after he entered politics by becoming the party MP from Amethi, a seat represented by Rajiv Gandhi.

He was given the charge of Indian Youth Congress and the National Students Union of India which he sought to democratise by holding regular elections.