Congress appoints former MP Pawan Kumar Bansal as AICC treasurer after Ahmed Patel's demise

Congress appoints former MP Pawan Kumar Bansal as AICC treasurer after Ahmed Patel's demise

Congress on Saturday appointed former Rajya Sabha MP Pawan Kumar Bansal as the interim treasurer of the All India Congress Committee (AICC). The post fell vacant after the sudden demise of veteran Congressman and sitting Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat, Ahmed Patel earlier this month.

A four-time Lok Sabha MP from Chandigarh, Pawan Kumar Bansal also served one term as a Rajya Sabha MP for Punjab. In addition, Pawan Kumar Bansal has also served as a national spokesperson of the AICC and chairman of the party's research & reference cell in the past.

Responding to his appointment as AICC treasurer, Pawan Kumar Bansal told India Today, "I thank Congress President Sonia Gandhi ji and Rahul ji for posing faith in me and discharging the duty with full responsibility shall be my endeavour."

Pawan Kumar Bansal's predecessor Ahmed Patel served as the AICC treasurer from August 2018 till his untimely demise earlier this month. Diagnosed with coronavirus, Ahmed Patel was undergoing treatment at the privately-run Medanta hospital in Haryana's Gurugram where he succumbed to multiple organ failure in the early hours of November 25.