Rahul Gandhi filed nomination papers for the election to the post of Congress party president Monday morning, the last date to file nominations. So far no one has jumped into fray to take on the Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son and current numbertwo in the grand old party.
The road for Rahul Gandhi’s coronation will be further clear by today evening, for only in case of any challenger the votes may be cast by the party members.
The Congress Working Committee (CWC) – its highest decision making body – had on November 20, stamped the elevation of Rahul Gandhi as the president of Congress party. The CWC approved poll schedule for Congress president’s election with process to start with issue of notification on December 1.
Rahul Gandhi was accompanied by a host of senior leaders including Sonia Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh. Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh, Ghulam Nabi Azad, AK Antony and Ahmed Patel and party chief ministers will sign the papers as proposers.
Congress delegates from various states are also at the party’s headquarters on Akbar Road on Monday filing their sets of nomination papers proposing Rahul Gandhi’s name for the top post.
Gandhi’s tipped elevation has also been a subject of criticism with BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi accusing the principal opposition party of lacking internal democracy. Battling questions on the issue, Congress spokesperson and Lok Sabha MP Susmita Dev said there is full transparency in these polls as they are held as per rules prescribed by the Election Commission.
“There has been criticism on whether the Congress election is democratic or not. I would say that this is such an election which is being supervised by the Election Commission of India,” she said.
Earlier, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who will also be present at the time of Rahul Gandhi filing his nominations, wished him success and said his elevation was a “good sign for the party”.
“It is a good sign for the party and I’m sure he’ll do extremely well,” he said.
Singh said he was very happy to see him at this position as “I have known Rahul since he was a little boy and I knew and could see it in him that he would one day rise to the top.”
“He has already performed and for the last few days we have been following him and the way he is drawing crowds in Gujarat,” the Punjab chief minister added.
(With inputs from PTI)