Sonia Gandhi constitutes three panels, Manmohan Singh part of all the 3

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Sonia Gandhi, the interim president of the Congress, on Friday set up three separate committees for discussing policy issues related to economic affairs, foreign affairs and national security.

Sonia Gandhi, the interim president of the Congress, on Friday set up three separate committees for discussing policy issues related to economic affairs, foreign affairs and national security. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be part of all the three panels.

While former finance minister P Chidambaram, and party leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Digvijaya Singh will be part of the economic affairs committee, Jairam Ramesh will be its convener.

The committee on foreign affairs will have Anand Sharma, Shashi Tharoor, Salman Khurshid and Saptagiri Ulaka. Khurshid will be the convener of the panel.

However, the panel on national security will have leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, party leaders Veerappa Moily, Vincent H Pala and V Vaithilingam, with Pala as its convener.

“The Congress president Sonia Gandhi has constituted three committees to consider and discuss issues and policies related to the subjects of economic affairs, foreign affairs and national security,” an official statement from AICC general secretary KC Venugopal said.

Incidentally, among those nominated in the committees include senior party leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Veerappa Moily and Shashi Tharoor, who were part of the 23 letter-writers seeking an organisational overhaul of the Congress.

While Sharma is the chairman of the AICC foreign affairs department, Shashi Tharoor heads the party’s Professional Congress.

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