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Actor-turned-politician Raj Babbar on Wednesday met Congress President Sonia and Vice-President Rahul Gandhi to discuss strategy over UP Polls.[/caption]
Actor-turned-politician Raj Babbar on Wednesday met Congress President Sonia and Vice-President Rahul Gandhi to discuss strategy over UP Polls.
Raj Babbar was appointed as president of Uttar Pradesh Congress ahead of next year's assembly polls in the state.
Four senior vice presidents, including Imran Masood, who had courted controversy a few years ago with his hate speech against BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in 2014, were also appointed.
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The announcement was made by party general secretaries Ghulam Nabi Azad and Janardan Dwivedi at a press conference at the AICC headquarters.
Babbar (64), born in Tundla near Agra in UP, belongs to the Viswabrahmin community which is considered an OBC. He has been a three-time Lok Sabha member and is currently a Rajya Sabha member from Uttarakhand. He was a Rajya Sabha member earlier also.
"Congress President Sonia Gandhi has appointed Raj Babbar as new president of Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee, along with four senior vice presidents," Dwivedi said.
The new senior vice pressidents are Rajaram Pal, a backward, Rajesh Mishra, a Brahmin, and Bhagwati Prasad Chaudhary, a Dalit, besides Imran Masood, a minority.
The outgoing UP Congress chief Nirmal Khatra has been made the chairman of the state screening committe.
Azad later said that Babbar is "above caste" and has an appeal across the country.