Rahul Gandhi to attend Amarinder Singh's swearing-in ceremony in Chandigarh on March 16

Earlier today, the Patiala MLA met Rahul Gandhi in Delhi to personally thank him for the support extended to him during the polls by the party high command.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will attend Captain Amarinder Singh's swearing-in ceremony in Chandigarh on March 16.

Singh will take oath as Chief Minister of Punjab along with few cabinet ministers on Thursday.

Earlier today, the Patiala MLA met Rahul Gandhi in Delhi to personally thank him for the support extended to him during the polls by the party high command, particularly by the vice-president and president Sonia Gandhi. It is during this meeting that Punjab's CM designate invited Rahul Gandhi to attend his swearing-in ceremony, which is scheduled for Thursday morning in Chandigarh.

This was the first meeting between the two after the Punjab election.

Earlier, Singh while talking to India Today said that time was right now to elevate Rahul Gandhi as party president and added that he had been maintaining this since the past one year.

After the party's massive debacle in Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, Congress leaders are debating about the much talked about revamp of the party.

RAHUL GANDHI AS PRESIDENT

Commenting on this, Congress Rajya Sabha MP Renuka Chaudhary while talking to India Today said that it is high time that Rahul Gandhi should be given a 'free hand' to make his own team. "Rahul Gandhi should get a free hand to make his team and be allowed to function in his own style," she said.

Recently, party's General Secretary BK Hari Prasad resigned from the party stating that it will help Rahul Gandhi to make his own team.

"If BK Hari Prasad has resigned, then that is a clue for others too. They should also understand and resign so that Rahul Gandhi is able to form his own team."

Asked about Amethi MP's elevation, Chaudhary replied, "That Sonia ji and Rahul have to decide. But my personal view on his elevation is that Rahul is our young leader. If his hands are set free, then he can work properly and party can move forward."

She added that the leaders and workers of the Congress also have to work hard so that it emerges as a strong Opposition party.

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