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Ajay Rai Named Congress State President for Uttar Pradesh

Ajay Rai has been named the state president of the Congress in the politically vital state of Uttar Pradesh. Ajay Rai is a seasoned politician whose career began with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) student wing. Rai’s political career has been characterized by a variety of alliances and electoral struggles, including two Lok Sabha elections in Varanasi against Narendra Modi.

Rai’s appointment as state president carries significance in Uttar Pradesh’s political scene. He succeeds Khabri, a Dalit leader, for less than a year. The Congress aims to regain Dalit support, constituting 21.5% of the state, through Rai, a Bhumihar caste member ruling around Varanasi.

Rai’s selection isn’t solely due to caste; his reputation and influence matter. With a history opposing Modi directly and a long political career, Congress challenges the BJP. Rai’s experience as a five-term MLA and engagement with Modi boosts his popularity.

Rai switched affiliations, from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh student wing to BJP, then Congress. His dynamic journey underpins his politics. As Congress’s state head, Rai shoulders the task of rejuvenating presence ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. His mission intertwines with his political and personal background, reflecting Congress’s determination to regain UP’s political standing.

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