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Congress sees a Dhoni in Rahul Gandhi
September 25, 2007 14:29 IST
Last Updated: September 28, 2007 13:19 IST
India's T-20 World Cup victory was sought to be utilised by the Congress to project Rahul Gandhi [Images] as a captain who would "win the next big match".
"The spirit of youth was reflected on Monday when Rahul Gandhi took over an important position and Dhoni and his team delivered a magnificent victory to India," AICC spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said.
"I have no doubt that Rahul Gandhi will return the compliment by decisively winning the next big match," he said.
The coincidence was unmistakable as the Congress, apparently with an eye on possible mid-term polls, inducted fresh blood into the party leadership on a day when the Indian team, a bunch of young players led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni [Images], lifted the T-20 World Cup in Johannesburg.
"Heir-apparent Rahul" was made the general secretary and a CWC member besides being included into the publicity committee and a new "group to look into future challenges".
There had been a long-standing demand from a large number of party leaders that the 37-year-old scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family take up a more active role in the organisation.
Besides Rahul, the other young leaders who have found places in the AICC secretariat include Jyotiraditya Scindia, Ajay Maken, Priya Dutt, Milind Deora, Sachin Pilot, Jitin Prasad and Sandeep Dikshit.