Besides the four senior spokespersons, 17 others, including film star Khushboo, were made spokespersons of the party in the exercise seen as a precursor to the much-talked about anointment of Rahul Gandhi as the party chief.

The four senior spokespersons are in addition to the existing team of Anand Sharma, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mukul Wasnik, P Chidambaram and Salman Khurshid.

The team of spokespersons is headed by Randeep Singh Surjewala in the capacity of Communication Department In-Charge.

Earlier, Maken was the Chairman of the Media Department. With this, the party now has 36 spokespersons, including senior spokespersons, who are expected to tone up Congress' media outreach.

The new spokespersons include party MPs Deepender Hooda, Gaurav Gogoi, Rajiv Satav, Sushmita Deb, RPN Singh and Tom Vadakkan, who has been party's media secretary for over a

Other spokespersons include a minister in Karnataka government Dinesh Gundu Rao. Bhakta Charan Das and Meem Afzal, who were spokespersons earlier, made a comeback after several months.

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