Rahul Gandhi's elevation likely by first week of Dec

Frederick Owens
November 20, 2017

Reports claimed the body will announce the schedule of election for the post of Congress President, following which the election would be held within 15 days.

The party's organisational election has to be completed before December 31.

The election, seen as a "Modi vs Rahul" clash, also sets the stage for Rahul becoming the Congress's prime ministerial candidate for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

The party sources said the election process was likely to be completed before the Gujarat Assembly elections, which starts on December 9.

Party chief Sonia Gandhi has convened a meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) on Monday to approve the schedule for election of the Congress president.

Rahul during a recent election rally in Gujarat
Rahul during a recent election rally in Gujarat

Earlier on July 1, the Delhi court sought a reply from Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and other party leaders on Swamy's plea.

Top sources in the party confirmed to The Hindu that the CWC meeting is the next step in electing Mr. Gandhi as the president of the Congress. There has been considerable confusion about the timing of Rahul's elevation since the party's internal polls reached the final phase last month. When it did not, a new date was finalised.

Gandhi addressing students at University of California, Berkeley, on September, had said that he was ready to lead the Congress but the mandate had to come from within the party.

Mr. Gandhi faces not just the challenge of pulling the party out of a long-running electoral slump but also effecting a generational shift within the party organisation.

The newspaper gained limelight after the BJP leader filed a case in 2012 against Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Congress treasurer Motilal Vora, party leaders Oscar Fernandes, Suman Dubey and Sam Pitroda.

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