Decks cleared for Rahul's elevation as Congress chief

CWC to meet on Monday to fix dates for election of Congress president
CWC meet today to clear decks for Rahul Gandhi's elevation as party chief
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21 November, 2017

Rahul Gandhi's long-expected takeover of the Congress party is likely on December 4, the party indicated after a meeting of its top leaders at its chief Sonia Gandhi's 10 Janpath home in Delhi today (20).

The BJP on Monday hit back at Congress chief Sonia Gandhi for her criticism of the government over likely curtailment of Parliament's Winter Session, saying her charge was a "lie" and would rank among the "greatest hypocrisies" in recent times. Sources were also quoted by the Indian Express as saying that Rahul Gandhi may take the party command before the first phase of Assembly elections in Gujarat. With the timeline for internal elections approved and with state units of the party having already passed resolutions endorsing Rahul's promotion, it is expected to be a mere formality. As preparations begin for Rahul's elevation, many wonder what would be Sonia's role in the party once her son takes over the reins.

The party has time till December 31 to complete the entire organisational election process and submit the report to the Election Commission.

Responding to a question on the winter session of Parliament, Goyal had said many MPs had requested that they want to focus on the upcoming Assembly polls in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat.

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Voting will be held on December 16 and the counting of votes is scheduled for December 19 for the post if any other candidate files the nomination for the post.

Rahul's popularity in the poll bound state where he is repeatedly raking up the twin evils of demonetisation and GST has hit the right chord with the voters which has anxious BJP's top strategists.

However, Rahul's elevation will put an end to criticism that the Congress was falling in confusion between the two power centres though leaders had maintained that the combination of mature and youthful leadership was an ideal solution that had put them in a comfortable position. Rahul Gandhi is unlikely to face any challenge. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and party general secretaries also attended the CWC meeting.

Sonia said 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. "This vilification is blatant and for all to see", she said.


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