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Ahmed Patel News Shows Rahul Gandhi Is Relying On Team Sonia

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The more things change in India's oldest political party, the more they remain the same. The reason I began this piece with a hoary old cliche is that every few weeks, Rahul Gandhi's Congress strikes a nearer resemblance to the one his mother, Sonia Gandhi, led, with Generation Next not getting a look in - this when the "younger lot" averages about 50.

Today, it was announced that Ahmed Patel, who was the powerful Political Secretary to Sonia Gandhi and the indispensable behind-the-scene consigliere of the party is the new treasurer of the Congress. Patel is 69; he replaces Motilal Vora, who is 89 - and is not retiring; instead, Vora is now General Secretary in charge of Administration.

After nearly two decades Ahmed Patel (R) is back as treasurer of the Congress party (File)

Patel's appointment is a signal of two things: the Congress party has a mega crisis of funds while the BJP is Asia's richest party as the country heads towards the elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh - states where the Congress fancies it has a serious chance in a bi-polar contest with the BJP ahead of the big finale in 2019. The other takeaway from Patel's new position is that he is as indispensable to Rahul Gandhi as he was to Sonia.

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