Will Rahul Gandhi Be Named Congress President in October?
Elections for the post of Congress party president will be held before 15 October.
Sonia Gandhi may step down from the post of Congress president, paving the way for Rahul Gandhi's possible elevation when the party holds its internal elections by 15 October.
The Congress Working Committee (CWC), the party's highest decision-making body, on 6 June approved the schedule for internal elections under which the party has to complete the exercise by 15 October.
In her speech at the CWC meeting, Sonia Gandhi urged party members to strengthen the organisation and complete the organisational polls with "speed and sincerity".
“We must strengthen our organisation. The ongoing organisational elections must be completed with the utmost speed and sincerity,” she said at the meeting, ahead of the CWC approving the poll schedule.
Asked whether the issue of elevation of Rahul Gandhi was discussed at the meeting, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad replied in the negative. "The schedule for organisational elections has been cleared by the CWC," Azad said, adding that Rahul's elevation was not specifically discussed.
At the 7 November meeting, all members, including former prime minister Manmohan Singh and senior leader AK Antony, had made a strong pitch for Rahul to take over the reins of the party.
Sonia Gandhi has created a record by being at the helm of the 130-year-old organisation for nearly two decades since late Sitaram Kesri's ouster by the CWC in early 1998. Rahul was appointed party vice-president in January 2013 at the Congress's brainstorming session in Jaipur.
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