Erudite, and sharp, Manish Tewari is one of the main voices of the Congress. He was recently elevated as the Information and Broadcasting Minister after a successful stint as party spokesman during difficult times. By a special order, Tewari who is a Mos with Independent Charge is allowed to attend Cabinet meetings. Such is Tewari’s importance in the party. The 47-year-old leader was seen as a strong defence line of the Congress in the JPC on 2G. Tewari, who was the president of Indian Youth Congress from 1998 to 2000, lost the 2004 Lok Sabha polls but successfully contested the 2009 general elections from Ludhiana.