Ahead of Lok Sabha elections, Rahul Gandhi appoints Ahmed Patel as Congress treasurer

New Delhi, Aug 21 : Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday appointed senior leader Ahmed Patel as the party treasurer and Rajya Sabha member Anand Sharma as the chairperson of its Foreign Affairs Department, ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Patel, who was political secretary to United Progressive Alliance Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, replaced Motilal Vora as the party treasurer. Vora has been appointed as general secretary in-charge of administration

Former Goa Congress chief Luizinho Falerio was appointed General Secretary in-charge of Northeast states, while former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar was made permanent invitee to the Congress Working Committee.

Faleiro replaced C.P. Joshi, who belongs to Rajasthan. The state goes to the polls later in 2018. Sharma has replaced party veteran Karan Singh.

The new CWC, includes other veterans like AK Antony, Ahmed Patel, Ambika Soni, Motilal Vora, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge, Anand Sharma and Kumari Selja. It has 23 members, 19 permanent invitees and nine special invitees

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