The All India Congress Committee (AICC) on Tuesday appointed Rehana Rayaz Chisti as president of Rajasthan Mahila Congress. On the recommendation of a selection committee, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi appointed her in Delhi. The outgoing president, Shankuntala Rawat, MLA, has been elevated as general secretary of the All-India Mahila Congress. Chisti's appointment was seen in the political circles as Congress high command's attempt to consolidate its base among minorities ahead of the 2018 assembly election.
Ms. Chishti, 56, has been active in the front organisations of Congress, such as Seva Dal and Youth Congress, for several years and has been serving as the Pradesh Congress Committee’s general secretary since 2014. Originally hailing from Kerala, she migrated to Rajasthan at the age of 19 years and she presently resides in Churu. Chisti was chosen over nearly 10 aspirants, including former minister Naseem Akhtar Insaf, former mayor Jyoti Khandelwal, ex-MLAs Mamta Bhupesh and Poonam Goyal, Shabnam Godara, Banarsi Meghwal and PCC vice-president Archana Sharma, who were interviewed for the post by AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi a few months back. Rajasthan PCC chief Sachin Pilot welcome with tweet " Congratulations to Smt. Rihana Riaz who took over as President of Rajasthan Mahila Congress.Wish her the best in this new responsibility"