Stage set for Rahul Gandhi's elevation as party president?

Nov 21, 2017, 00:37
Stage set for Rahul Gandhi's elevation as party president?

Rahul Gandhi's long-expected takeover of the Congress party is likely on December 4, the party indicated after a meeting of its top leaders at its chief Sonia Gandhi's 10 Janpath home in Delhi today (20). According to party sources, Rahul Gandhi told the meeting that every Congress worker should "aim for the bull's eye" in the upcoming election in Gujarat, where the party is locked in a bitter contest with the BJP after being out of power for 22 years. She has always guided the Congress party. Party sources said Gandhi, the 47-year-old vice president, is likely to be the sole candidate in the fray and is "deemed to be the next party chief" on December 5, a few days before the Gujarat Assembly polls. "This reaffirms that the party's roots are spread across every district of the country and that no other political party can match the plurality and diversity of the Congress party".

The notification for the Congress President poll - which is a mere formality - will be issued on December 1, with voting for the post to take place on December 16 and the counting on December 19.

CWC meet today to clear decks for Rahul Gandhi's elevation as party chief

Sonia Gandhi on Monday lashed out at Modi government, saying the latter has cast dark shadow on India's Parliamentary democracy by sabotaging Winter Session on flimsy grounds.

"It's mistaken if it thinks by locking temple of democracy, it'll escape constitutional accountability ahead of elections", she added.

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The winter session of Parliament traditionally convenes from the third week of November and lasts till the third week of December.

Further, she lambasted the prime minister for having the audacity to have a midnight celebration in Parliament to launch GST while lacking courage to face Parliament.

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Unemployment, rising inflation, falling exports and GST are causing tremendous suffering to millions of people.

Hitting back at Gandhi, Jaitley also said that rescheduling of Parliament sessions has happened several times before during election time. "Priyanka and her children can't be ruled out as future successors", he said. "By forcibly saying that a truth is a lie does not make it a lie", Jaitley said. Rahul and many of you colleagues here and in Gujarat are working hard for a positive result in that state. "Right now, we want to focus only on Rahulji".

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