Rahul Gandhi to become Congress leader next month

Ann Santiago
November 21, 2017

Unless there are last-minute challengers - considered highly unlikely - Mr Gandhi is likely to be declared party president on Dec 4, when nominations close. As per the reports, if there is only one nomination filed that the president will be announced on the same date of withdrawal of nominations.

The Congress had earlier set a deadline to complete the organisational elections by October-end. He will take over the post from Sonia Gandhi, who has held the position for over 19 years.

Mr Gandhi's elevation has long been anticipated as his family has nearly always led the Congress party. The process will begin on December 1. With poll campaigning for the Gujarat Assembly polls underway, the Congress is pinning hopes on generating enthusiasm among the party workers and cadres by announcing the change of guard.

In these circumstances, if the Congress manages to topple BJP's apple-cart in Gujarat, it would be a huge boost for the grand old party and Rahul will most likely be credited for such a turnaround. The imminent promotion of Rahul Gandhi was hailed by several Congress leaders, but panned by the ruling BJP.

In the hour-long CWC meeting, it was decided that the elections to choose the next president will take place on December 16 "if necessary" while the results would be out on December 19. Her role will be defined once Rahulji is elected the Congress President. "Her able leadership and guidance will always be available, not only to Rahulji, but also to crores and crores of Congressmen and women always". "It will always be available to not just Rahul-ji but also Congress men and women", he said.

The Congress on Sunday released its first list of 77 candidates for the first phase of Gujarat Assembly elections. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and party general secretaries also attended the CWC meeting.

"The Modi government, in its arrogance, has cast a dark shadow on India's parliamentary democracy by sabotaging the Winter session of Parliament on flimsy grounds", she told the party's highest decision-making body. Fotedar died in September this year.

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