Decks cleared for Rahul's elevation as Congress chief

Decks cleared for Rahul's elevation as Congress chief

With the Congress Working Committee announcing in New Delhi on Monday the timeline for its upcoming internal election, the issue of Congress president Rahul Gandhi's elevation to the top party post now remains a formality.

On Monday, the party's highest decision making body, the Congress Working Committee (CWC), met and passed the resolution to elevate the 47-year-old Amethi MP. Congress MP Renuka Chowdhary said Rahul Gandhi's elevation as the party's president would have a positive impact on the organisation. Is Sonia and Rajiv Gandhi's son the right candidate for the Congress to pit against the charismatic Narendra Modi?

According to the CWC schedule, the process of filing nominations will begin on December 1 and end on December 4, 2017. He said Congress under Rahul had lost polls at all levels and BJP did not see him as a challenge. There's a series of assembly polls next year as well, and putting off the leadership succession would have only invited the charge of Rahul still being reluctant to shoulder the party's responsibilities fully. But when Congress was in federal power, he refused any role in government and preferred to stay on the fringes until 2013, when he took over as party vice-president.

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Hitting back at Gandhi, Jaitley also said that rescheduling of Parliament sessions has happened several times before during election time.

Rahul made his electoral debut in 2004 Lok Sabha election from Amethi, the family's traditional constituency earlier represented by his uncle Sanjay Gandhi, his father Rajiv, and mother Sonia.

PAAS leader Hardik Patel even cancelled his rally in Rajkot where he was expected to announce a possible alliance with the Congress.

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The final list of contesting candidates will also be released on the same day. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and party general secretaries also attended the CWC meeting.

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