Rahul Gandhi to become Congress leader next month


Today, the president of the Congress party Sonia Gandhi summoned the meeting of Congress Working Committee to lay a foundation for Rahul Gandhi as the President.

The 47-year-old Congress Vice President is set to succeed his mother Sonia Gandhi and is expected to be elected unopposed like she has been for the last 17 years. Counting of votes and declaration of results will take place on December 19, Mullapally Ramachandran, the chairman of the Congress' central election authority, told reporters after the CWC meeting. Party sources said Rahul is likely to be the sole candidate in the organisational poll and is "deemed to be the next party chief" on December 5, a few days before the Gujarat Assembly polls.

"India's strides in ease of doing business, the upgrade (in ratings) by Moody's, the impressive FDI figures do not matter to the Congress, which is busy devoting time and energy to more fruitful matters such as a coronation ceremony", he said in remarks laced with sarcasm, aimed at the likely elevation of Rahul Gandhi as Congress president.

However, it is clear now that Rahul Gandhi will be Congress president before the Gujarat elections.

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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. As per the reports, the Congress party Vice-president Rahul Gandhi is the only candidate in the fray.

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

She further said that the Centre was "ill prepared" to implement Goods and Services Tax and demonetisation which left millions of people suffering. Sources had informed that the Congress was not very keen on having an alliance with NCP after the latter "back-stabbed" the party during Ahmed Patel's Rajya Sabha election.

"Modi government in arrogance has cast dark shadow on India's Parliamentary democracy by sabotaging Winter Session on flimsy grounds", she said.