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Surjewala in-charge of AICC Communication Department

Randip Surjewala

New Delhi: Congress spokesperson Randip Surjewala was today made in-charge of the AICC Communication Department in place of Ajay Maken.

“Consequent upon the appointment of Ajay Maken as President of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee, Sonia Gandhi has appointed Randip Surjewala as in-charge of the communication department till further notification,” party general secretary in-charge of Organisation Janardan Dwivedi said.

There are indications that 47-year-old Surjewala may be a stop gap arrangement till a new Chairman is finalized by the party.

The appointment has come days after Congress on Monday appointed five new Pradesh Congress Committee chiefs and one regional Congress Committee President.

Surjewala was picked up by Rahul Gandhi as spokesperson.

The names of a number of senior leaders including Anand Sharma, Digvijay Singh and Jairam Ramesh were doing rounds for the post of AICC Communication Department Chairman ever since Maken was made the party chief for Delhi on Monday.

51-year-old Maken was appointed the chief of the AICC Communication department in June 2013 replacing Dwivedi. Maken was then 49-year-old, the youngest media department chief of the party in recent years.

The post has been held in past by senior leaders like Pranab Mukherjee, Shivraj Patil, Ambika Soni, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Veerappa Moily and Dwivedi.

Surjewala, a former minister in Haryana government, is considered to have good bilingual skills.

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