Rahul Gandhi to head Congress Coordination panel for 2014 LS poll

Rahul Gandhi

The announcement came days after it became known that the party's Chintan Shivir is likely to be held at Jaipur in mid January in which the issue of alliances as also the strategy for the 2014 polls is expected to take a concrete shape.

With the result of the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly elections to be out by this year-end, next year will witness a series of assembly polls including in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattishgarh, Rajasthan and Delhi ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

A reshuffle of AICC secretariate is likely within a week, which could also see the announcement of some new designation for Rahul Gandhi who is already considered number 2 in the party.

At the day-long Surajkund meeting, Sonia Gandhi had made it clear that there was a need for better coordination and understanding between the party and the government.

Concerned over the adverse political fall-out of the economic reform measures and a series of scams, she had asked the party and the government to pull their socks up to get a renewed mandate in the next general elections.

The government was given a clear message by Gandhi that it is the party that brings it to power and those in the government should understand the difficulties of the organisation.

The meeting had also reviewed the implementation of the promises made in the manifesto for 2009 Lok Sabha elections. Speaking in the meeting, Antony was learnt to have stressed that the party should not be seen drifting away from its 'Aaam Aadmi' plank.

Digvijay Singh had raised concerns over lack of party presence on the new media while a number of leaders, including Manish Tewari, had talked about the need to aggresively counter the negative campaign against the government in all media. Both Singh and Tewari have been given responsibilities in the Communications and Publicity Sub-Group. Digvijay is also a member in the Co-Ordination Committee headed by Rahul.

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