Congress Working Committee to Meet Today to Discuss Rahul Gandhi's Elevation

Pauline Gross
November 20, 2017

The accused include Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi, Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Congress treasurer Motilal Vora, party leaders Oscar Fernandes, Suman Dubey and Sam Pitroda.

Out of power for 22 years in the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, the Congress fancies its chances this time with Rahul leading the charge.

It was apparently due to these differences and those with OBC leader Alpesh Thakore, who had recently joined the party, that the Congress was unable to release its first list of candidates till now.

In Ahmedabad, the PAAS leadership said the Congress Party had accepted their demand for quotas in jobs and education for the Patidar community and the details on how this would be achieved would be shared by Mr Patel from Rajkot on Monday. She is now the longest-serving party president.

Rahul's appointment as party chief has been a matter of speculation and the Congress vice-president said recently that he was ready to take over but the final call rested with the organisation. "The move will strengthen the party a lot", he added.

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According to the poll schedule drawn up by the party's election authority, the last date of filing nomination papers is December 1 and if there is a contest, the election would be held on December 8.

Party sources said the Congress would have its new president before the polling for the Gujarat elections begins.

"If only one nomination is filed, it will be announced on date of withdrawal of nominations that he is the president since there is no other nomination", Congress leader Janardhan Dwivedi told reporters on Saturday.

The clamour within Congress for Rahul to take over has been growing for the last three years and a meeting of the CWC on November 7 last year had unanimously urged him to take control of the India's oldest party founded on December 28, 1885. Elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh conclude on December 14, while the results will be declared on December 18.

However the meeting is indeed necessary because completing the organisational elections - the date of which was extended to December 31 by the Election Commission - is a priority for the party right now.

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