Rahul names Vijayashanti as star campaigner

AICC president Rahul Gandhi appointed actor-turned-politician Vijayashanti as star campaigner and adviser to the election campaign committee in a series of appointments made to various committees ahead of the Telangana state elections.

The Congress chief named newcomer legislator Revanth Reddy and former MP Ponnam Prabhakar as working presidents of the state Congress. Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, who held the position earlier, has been made chairman of the campaign committee.

The AICC named leaders for 10 election-related committees including TS affairs in-charge R C Kunthia as head of the coordination committee and TPCC chief Uttam Kumar Reddy as chairman of the 14-member Pradesh Election Committee. The manifesto committee will be led by former deputy chief minister Damodar Rajanarasimha, and the strategy and planning committee by former MP V Hanumantha Rao.

The EC coordination committee will be chaired by Marri Shashidhar Reddy, the disciplinary action committee by M Kodanda Reddy and the publicity committee by Komatireddy Venkat Reddy, all former legislators. The Leadership Development Mission in Reserved Constituencies Committee will be chaired by Arepally Mohan.

Apart from Dr Kunthia, the core committee will comprise AICC secretaries N S Bose Raju, Srinivasan Krishnan and Saleem Ahmed, Uttam Kumar Reddy, Vikramarka, K Jana Reddy, Md Shabbir Ali, Hanumantha Rao, Ponnala Lakshmaiah, Rajanarasimha, G Chinna Reddy, A Sampath Kumar and Ch Vamsi Chand Reddy.

The 50-member coordination committee has Uttam Kumar Reddy as convener, followed by former legislator D K Aruna will be co-chairperson of the 14-member campaign committee while Sravan Dasoju as convener. With Rajanarasimha as chairman of the 34-member manifesto committee will have Komatireddy Venkat Reddy as co-chairman and Mahesh Kumar Goud as convener.

The AICC has named B Kamalakar Rao as co-chairperson and G Niranjan as convener of Shashidhar Reddy’s Election Commission coordination committee. The disciplinary action committee headed by Kodanda Reddy will have A Shyam Mohan as co-chairperson and B Kamalakar Rao as convener.

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