Congress Working Committee to Meet Today to Discuss Rahul Gandhi’s Elevation as Party President
New Delhi, Nov 20: The Congress Working Committee (CWC) will meet on Monday to discuss major issues including elevation of its vice president Rahul Gandhi as party president. According to the reports, the meeting is scheduled to take place at 10:30 AM at Sonia Gandhi’s 10 Janpath residence.
Reports claimed the body will announce the schedule of the election for the post of Congress President, following which the election would be held within 15 days. If sources are to be believed, Rahul is expected to be the only candidate in the fray.
As per the media reports, the election process was likely to be completed before the Gujarat Assembly elections, which starts on December 9.
Talking to news agency PTI, party leaders say though it is not necessary to convene a formal meeting of the CWC to approve the schedule of the presidential election, Sonia Gandhi has decided to get the approval of the party’s highest decision-making body.
Notably, Rahul Gandhi’s elevation as the Congress president has been expected for a while now. Earlier on October 13, Congress President Sonia Gandhi also hinted that Rahul Gandhi’s elevation as party chief ‘will be done soon’.
On October 24, the CWC had held a meeting to discuss Rahul’s elevation, however it sought 15-day time to formally announce the decision. The Congress had deferred the organisational elections after Sonia Gandhi’s five-year term as party president ended in 2015. She became party chief in 1998 and is the longest-serving party president.