With an eye on Punjab polls, Congress reinstates Manish Tewari as spokesperson

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Manish Tewari, Congress Leader
Manish Tewari, Congress Leader

Just a few days ago his party had distanced itself from his comments on troop movement in the capital terming it as his personal opinion.  Now the Congress party has done a U-Turn on Manish Tewari  and brought him back in the list of party spokespersons again. In a dramatic move  the former Union  Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari has made a comeback as spokesperson of the party.  And the appointment was made by none other than Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

“Congress President Sonia Gandhi has approved the appointment of Manish Tewari as Spokesperson of All India Congress Committee,” S V Ramani, Secretary of the AICC’s Communication Department, said.

Only on January 10, the AICC had trashed a statement of Tewari, who had asserted that a news report on troop movement was “unfortunate but true”. The AICC had regretted that such statements are coming to create unnecessary controversies.

Reviving the 2012 troop movement controversy, Tewari had then said that the media report about two key army units moving towards Delhi without notifying the then UPA Government was “unfortunate but true”.

A former Information and Broadcasting Minister in UPA-II, Tewari was acting chairperson of the Media department of the party during the last Lok Sabha elections 2014.   On 24 March last year, he was included in the list of media panelists but was not made either a senior spokesperson or a spokesperson.

With the appointment of Tewari, AICC will have a total of 28 spokespersons, besides 9 senior spokespersons. The appointment of  Tewari seems to have been done keeping in view the Punjab assembly polls in 2017.