The Congress Working Committee (CWC) – its highest decision making body – has stamped the elevation of Rahul Gandhi as the president of India’s grand old political party. The CWC approved poll schedule for Congress president’s election with process to start with issue of notification on December 1.
The road for Rahul Gandhi’s coronation will be further clear by December 4, for only in case of a challenger the votes may be cast by the party members and results will be declared past a fortnight later.
The developments assume significance in the wake of Gujarat polls, where Congress is fighting a highly steep battle in Prime Minister Modi’s home state.
Addressing the press soon after the conclusion of Congress Working Commitee (CWC), party media coordinator Randeep Singh Surjewala said the last date for filing nominations is December 4 and if there were to be an election, it would be held on December 15 and results would be declared on December 19.
Though the Congress leaders have long named Rahul, currently the vice president of the party, as the successor of Sonia Gandhi, his elevation has always been a non-starter, owing to either poor electoral performance or due to internal rumblings of the party.
The CWC approval of the schedule for the party president’s election has set in motion the process of Rahul Gandhi’s elevation, who had desired to be coronated as party chief through the election route.
The meet began at 10:30 AM on Monday with members of CWC, including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, senior leaders AK Antony, Ahmed Patel, Dr. Karan Singh, Mallikarjun Kharge, Ghulam Nabi Azad and other members assembling at 10 Janpath.
The party’s organisational election has to be completed before December 31. The Election Commission has given the party the last extension for completing the internal poll process by the end of this year.
(With inputs from PTI)