24012019-TT-01.qxd 23-01-2019 23:22 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.139 no.24 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | thursday, january24,2019 LOKUR: DEC 12 COLLEGIUM DECISION SHOULD HAVE BEEN MADE PUBLIC PAGE 7 UNION CABINET GIVES NOD TO GST APPELLATE TRIBUNAL PAGE 12 /thetribunechd ! himachal pradesh DEMOCRAT OFFERS $5.7 BN FOR ‘SMART WALL’ WITH MEXICO PAGE 16 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Ahead of polls, Rahul plays Priyanka card Mega Rlys drive, Appointed general secretary in-charge of eastern UP that includes PM’s constituency of Varanasi Aditi Tandon ACT OF DESPERATION It is an admission that Rahul Gandhi has failed. As the Congress is not being accepted as part of 'mahagatbandhan', it was looking for a crutch. Priyanka is Rahul's crutch. Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 23 Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, Congress president Rahul Gandhi today pulled out the party’s last trump card — his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, appointing her general secretary in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh, which includes the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Moments after inducting Priyanka, 47, into the AllIndia Congress Committee, Rahul said he was personally elated that his sister, an “extremely capable and tenacious leader”, would now work with him. “This is a huge step. We want to give a new direction to politics in Uttar Pradesh,” the Congress chief said after the party made a range of appointments, also inducting Guna MP Jyotiraditya Scindia as AICC general secretary for Uttar Pradesh (West). ❝ Sambit Patra, BJP SPOKESPERSON <
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