Sonia slams PM Modi for 'erasing contributions' of Nehru, Indira

21 November, 2017, 00:39 | Author: Celia Hoffman
  • Tomorrow Congress will start process to make Rahul Gandhi chief

"It is time to pass on the baton of the party affairs into the able hands of Rahul Gandhi, who is mature and competent enough to lead the Congress into the next Lok Sabha elections", Amarinder told reporters here.

December 15 has been decided as the date of elections for the post of Congress president.

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. The schedule for election of the next Congress president was announced during the meeting. Here, the meeting was chaired by the party chief Sonia Gandhi to discuss over the name of the new party president.

Sonia Gandhi will reportedly step down as party president and continue to serve as chairperson. Rahul's reluctance to lead the party from the front was also seen as a reason for the delay in his coronation.

Mr Gandhi's elevation has long been anticipated as his family has nearly always led the Congress party.

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As of now, it seems that no one is going to challenge Gandhi scions anointment as party president.

She further said that the Centre was "ill prepared" to implement Goods and Services Tax and demonetisation which left millions of people suffering.

Sources claim that party leaders want to complete the process of Gandhi's elevation before December 9 Gujarat polls.

In these circumstances, if the Congress manages to topple BJP's apple-cart in Gujarat, it would be a huge boost for the grand old party and Rahul will most likely be credited for such a turnaround. But when Congress was in federal power, he refused any role in government and preferred to stay on the fringes until 2013, when he took over as party vice-president. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and party general secretaries also attended the CWC meeting.

In other developments, Congress President Sonia Gandhi came down heavily on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing him of casting a dark shadow on India's Parliamentary democracy by sabotaging the Winter Session of Parliament on flimsy grounds.

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