As part of the process of restructuring of the organisational structure of the Congress, party president Rahul Gandhi on Friday appointed senior party leader Ashok Gehlot as the AICC general secretary in-charge for the organisation replacing Janardan Dwivedi, one time confidant of Sonia Gandhi.
According to a release issued by Mr Dwivedi, ”the Congress president Rahul Gandhi has designated Mr Ashok Gehlot as AICC general secretary incharge, Organisation and training in place of Mr Janardhan Dwivedi, General secretary, AICC”.
The note from the Congress president says that ”the party appreciated the hard work and contribution of Mr Janardhan Dwivedi who will be stepping down from his responsibility as AICC general secretary.” Mr Dwivedi’ term as Rajya Sabha member from Delhi also ended recently.
Mr Gehlot has been apparently rewarded for putting up a spirited fight in Gujarat Assembly elections last year as he was the general secretary of the party in the hitherto BJP stronghold western state. The move is also seen as paving the way for leaving the state leadership to former Union Minister Sachin Pilot.
Earlier on Friday, the Congress president had appointed two young leaders, Rajeev Satav as general secretary in in-charge for Guajarat and former Union Minister Jitendra Singh as AICC in-charge for Odisha.
Mr Gandhi’s decision to appoint new faces in the command structure is seen as part of the implementation of his assurance at the recently held Congress plenary, where he said youth leaders will be accommodated in the AICC decision making process.