Mah Cong hails appointment of Rahul as general secretary

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Mumbai, Sep 24 (UNI) The Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) and Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh today welcomed the appointment of Rahul Gandhi as the AICC general secretary.

Mr Deshmukh, while welcoming the inclusion of Rahul into the party hierarchy, said Rahul would infuse fresh blood into the organisation and attract youth to the party. ''I thank Ms Sonia Gandhi for heeding to the demand of partymen and women from every nook and corner of the country to delegate party responsibilities to Rahul,''he said.

MPCC president Prabha Rau also expressed happiness over the responsibility of general secretary given to Rahul Gandhi.

''We are confident that he will prove his mettle. Similarly, leaders from Maharashtra like Prithviraj Chavan, Mukul Wasnik, who have been entrusted party work, will do their best to meet the expectations of the party leadership,''she added.

Replying to questions, she did not feel that the reshuffle was carried out, keeping in mind the possibility of a mid-term poll.

''I do not think the reshuffle is election specific. In any case, the Lok Sabha elections will be held in two years. Two years are required to rejuvenate the party and bring in more vibrancy,'' she said.

Ms Rau said she was also happy that AICC general secretary Margaret Alva has retained her Maharashtra charge. ''She has been given responsibility of additional states. She is a very capable woman,''Ms Rau added.

MPCC spokesman Anant Gadgil welcomed the induction of new faces and opportunity given to them in the party structure. ''This is a welcome change,'' he said.

MPCC general secretary Sanjay Dutt, MLC, also welcomed the appointment of Mr Rahul Gandhi as the General Secretary of AICC.

Thanking Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Mr Dutt said ''Rahulji symbolises hopes and aspirations of the Youth of the country and his appointment will strengthen the organisation all over. People of Maharashtra and the Congress workers heartily welcome this move.'' UNI

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