CWC members unanimously support Rahul Gandhi’s elevation as Congress president

Party president Sonia Gandhi skipped the CWC meeting today as she was feeling unwell. Rahul chaired the meeting in her absence for the first time.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 8, 2016 12:01 pm
New Delhi: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi talks with party leader A K Antony while chairing a meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting in New Delhi on Monday. PTI Photo by Kamal Kishore (PTI11_7_2016_000085A) Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi talks with party leader A K Antony while chairing a meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting in New Delhi on Monday. (Source: PTI photo)

The suspense over Rahul Gandhi’s elevation as president of the Congress Party has gathered momentum once again, with the Congress Working Committee members requesting him to assume charge. Senior party leader A K Antony, who was present at the CWC meeting on Monday, said that the time was right for Rahul to take charge as president of the party. Other members of the working committee have unanimously agreed to his proposal.

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“CWC was of view that Rahul Gandhi must take over presidency for Congress party, its high time the Congress mobilises all forces to fight against the dictatorial rule of Modi government,” AK Antony told reporters after the meeting ended.

Saying that it was the first time this sentiment was “strongly and unanimously” expressed, Antony added that the final decision rests with the party president Sonia Gandhi. She skipped the CWC meeting as she was feeling unwell. Rahul chaired the meeting, for the first time, in her absence.

In his keynote address at the meeting, Rahul hit out at the Modi government saying that, under the current dispensation, democracy was going through one of its darkest hours. “The Modi government is obsessed with power, it seeks to silence all those who disagree. Asking questions is what discomforts this government, for they have no answers, we must expose their failures in upcoming Parliament session,” he said.


A resolution condemning the statements made by union ministers over the Indian Army’s surgical strikes on terrorist bases in Pakistan was passed at the meeting. The CWC members also discussed ways to put pressure on the Modi government on Jammu-Kashmir and the One Rank One Pension issue at the upcoming Parliament Winter Session. Speaking to reporters after the meeting ended, Congress leader R S Surjewala said that Rahul is ready to take up any role the party workers decide for him. “Rahul Gandhi said he wants to fight for the idea of India and whatever party workers decide, he will be ready to take up that role,” he Surjewala said.

Surjewala condemned the Modi government for “diluting” the original draft of OROP introduced by the Congress government and implementing it as “one rank many pensions” scheme.

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  1. A
    Al Husayn
    Nov 8, 2016 at 4:23 am
    The old congress leaders are not sycophants- they are pretending to be loyal so they can control Pappu like a puppet
    1. A
      Nov 7, 2016 at 3:33 pm
      What can go worse ? PAPPU being made president of congress
      1. C
        Nov 7, 2016 at 12:21 pm
        This is absolutely wonderful news. I have been waiting for this. lt;br/gt;This is exactly what was needed for a long timelt;br/gt;I am happy that it has finally happened. lt;br/gt;He will soon be in charge of policy making and strategy of congress;br/gt;lt;br/gt;...and yes also this is by far the best thing for BJP.
        1. D
          Nov 8, 2016 at 8:06 am
          More Neil's to Congress coffin
          1. I
            IML sood
            Nov 7, 2016 at 3:32 pm
            It would help to make India Cong. Mukt soon than ever and many anti nationals feeling suffocation will also drown in deep sea never to be found in India.
            1. H
              Hari Neendoor
              Nov 7, 2016 at 11:02 am
              Countdown to the nemesis of Congress.
              1. P
                Par Dubai
                Nov 8, 2016 at 4:27 am
                From Clown prince to Puppet King
                1. B
                  Nov 7, 2016 at 11:44 am
                  BJP paid millions of rupeed to one of well knows add agency in US for few years just to defame Rahul ,, and like calm way he neva turn back or angry with those ic post banners add etc etc .. this shows the quality of leader
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