New Delhi: The upcoming assembly elections in Punjab has become the reason for the return of senior Congress leader and former union minister Manish Tewari as the party spokesperson once again.

Tewari’s appointment, which was approved by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, was announced late Thursday evening.

“Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi has approved the appointment of Shri Manish Tewari as Spokesperson of All India Congress Committee," a release by the party dated Thursday said.

Tewari had served as the spokesperson of the party until October, 2012 when he was made the information and technology minister in the party-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. On 24 March last year, he was included in the list of media panellists but was not made either a senior spokesperson or a spokesperson.

Tewari’s appointment comes days after his comments which had revived the 2012 troop movement controversy by saying that media reports claiming that two key army units moved towards Delhi without notifying the then party led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government was “unfortunate but true". The party then had to issue a clarifications on his statements saying he was not an ‘authorized spokesperson’ of the party.

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