Rahul Gandhi’s elevation as Congress President likely soon

On December 27, Rahul took to Twitter to announce that he will be travelling to Europe for a "few days", the first time that he has gone public about a trip abroad.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: January 2, 2016 11:00 am
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The process of the much-delayed organizational elections in Congress could get a fillip after the return of party Vice President Rahul Gandhi from Europe next week amid indications that his much talked elevation could happen soon.

On December 27, Rahul took to Twitter to announce that he will be travelling to Europe for a “few days”, the first time that he has gone public about a trip abroad.

Sources in the party say that the Congress Vice President could be back any time after January 8 following which a meeting of Congress Working Committee may also happen.

“He (Rahul) is ready to take on the mantle. It is wrong to say that he does not want to become President. There is also no truth in suggestions that Gandhi may wait till the completion of assembly polls in Assam before he is elevated as Congress President,” a party functionary said on the condition of anonymity.

The leader felt that the elevation of Gandhi should be happening “sooner than later” but refused to attach a time line. Congress President Sonia Gandhi had responded by saying “ask him” when reporters queried her on Rahul’s elevation as President in the party some days back at a Foundation Day function.

Senior party leader Digvijay Singh had said a few months back that the grassroot Congress workers wanted the elevation to happen soon but the decision can be taken only by the Congress president. A section of leaders in party also believe that Rahul should have agreed for an elevation longtime back.

A meeting of the Congress Working Committee in September last year decided to extend the deadline of the completion of party’s internal polls for one more year till 2016. This led to a speculation that Rahul’s elevation has been advanced for one more year. The party, however, later indicated that the Congress Vice President could be given the responsibility even earlier and the one year extension is only the upper limit for completing internal polls.

Sonia’s latest term comes to an end in December this year. The organizational polls held after five years culminate in the election of the new party President. Sonia, who took over as Congress chief in May 1998, is already the longest serving president of the 129-year-old party. Rahul Gandhi became Vice President in the Organization in January 2013.

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    Dinesh
    Jan 2, 2016 at 10:49 am
    I think Rahul went to Holland to service his backside
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      Dinesh
      Jan 2, 2016 at 5:33 pm
      Oh so Arshe is going to Congress Presedent what a laugh
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        Kishan
        Jan 2, 2016 at 7:17 am
        Shame on the Hindus to support this fello and his Congress party. He will destroy our country. Progress is only possible with BJP.
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          Preeti
          Jan 2, 2016 at 7:13 am
          What a shame that a national party like congress is choosing someone like RG to lead them, clearly inspite of all the grooming he still seems so unsure and unfit to be a leader of national calibre. The worst part is that all the other leaders still don't have the courage to face the electoral without a hi name!! Shame on Kapil Sabil, PC and other senior leaders !!
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            TIHAEwale
            Jan 2, 2016 at 7:27 am
            Like Feku56 going to have cake with Badmash on Christmas and so today we receiving return New year gift at Pahankot
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              Vineet singh
              Jan 2, 2016 at 8:29 am
              Sad that a g paty continues to remain in incompetent hands
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                sharath
                Jan 2, 2016 at 8:54 am
                Let him be president and let Sonia be sent to an Ashram to spend her rest of her life in meditation and tapasya. Let pappu prove that he can do something on his own.
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                  Arun
                  Jan 2, 2016 at 4:29 pm
                  Once RaGa becomes President of INC, RSS/BJP bhakts cannot use VATICAN slogan. He can defeat the corrupt BJP in 2019.
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                    Ashok kumar
                    Jan 3, 2016 at 12:36 am
                    It will be fun all the way ...! Best of luck BJP and my beloved INDIA..
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                      blogger3110
                      Jan 3, 2016 at 4:54 am
                      Sooner the better Pappu is elevated and the Congress downfall is complete.
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                        Brahm Gaur
                        Jan 2, 2016 at 9:08 am
                        This proves Modi's point that it a dynasty Raj. Nobody in Congress can propose his name because he will be shown the door by our madam. Rahul will never become PM of this country. So Congress men can keep proposing his name and call him Sir and all that. But wining an election is impossible especially when your both hands are full of looted money.
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                          Karunakaran
                          Jan 2, 2016 at 5:13 am
                          The crouching, dokhla-eating Gujjubhai whose chin touches his chest, is not educated. All he is qualified for is to sell chai and dokhla at the railway stations. Unfortunately 31% of Indians have elected the uneducated dokhla-eating Gujjubhai to a major role that he is not competent to have. As everyone knows, to hide his lack of education, he has appointed equally uneducated people to the cabinet positions. Now all that the crouching, dokhla-eating Gujjubhai whose chin touches his chest, wants is to take selfies with the goras. He runs after the goras for selfies. None of the prime ministers in our neighbourhood will run shamelessly after the goras for the selfies, since they are educated. Can it get any more disgusting?
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                            Kaliyug
                            Jan 2, 2016 at 7:29 pm
                            India will have another generation of politicians who come from the ranks of the old crooked school of government.
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                              Ashoka the
                              Jan 2, 2016 at 5:11 am
                              Here is the Cremation of the congress. Congress RIP.
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                                hans
                                Jan 2, 2016 at 12:38 pm
                                so when is the crowning ceremony? are we all invited?
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                                  Pitambar Sharma
                                  Jan 2, 2016 at 3:42 pm
                                  I cannot wait for this joker to become the President of this corrupt and communal party to hasten its demise. Welcome Bahadur Shah Zafar and thank you for liberating this country from the curse of the Congress.
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                                    George Cruz
                                    Jan 2, 2016 at 7:17 pm
                                    The corrupt and communal congress party which has divided the honest Indian citizens on the basis of religion/caste for vote bank politics favoring one community and demonizing the rest is mainly responsible for the communal disharmony and the religious intolerance in India today. India is a fast developing country in the South Asia and the illiterate/incompetent dynastic leaders like Rahul hi/Sonia hi are not capable of leading an economically vibrant country like India. These dynastic leaders also falsely believe that India is an their ancestral property and they are the de facto leaders of the country. India wouldn't make any progress until the communal congress party and its dynastic leaders are completely defeated and exiled from the country. The only people who are supporting these dynastic leaders are the communists, the TMC s, pseudo secular s with self interests, and the Christians/Muslims who are blinded by their religion and hate the majority Hindus and the patriotic groups like RSS, VHP, etc.
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                                      jayaram reddi
                                      Jan 3, 2016 at 12:44 am
                                      He should be elevated to the sky, I mean literally.
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                                        jkarna
                                        Jan 2, 2016 at 1:45 pm
                                        He has nothing to offer to this country other than being born into hi family. It is high time the Con-Gross party oops. congress party disintegrates and let the intellectuals who have a perspective and can do something for the country join a like-minded party that like to bring change to this country and make it great
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                                          kamath Ramesh
                                          Jan 2, 2016 at 9:04 am
                                          Every time he goes on leave to foreign destination, news are afloat that he will be promoted. It seems he must be blackmailing congress to make him president or else he would not return which embarr the party. Any way it is party's internal matter. Point to note is his hypocrisy in targeting PM on his official tours. PM has not sta in any country for his leisure and his total touring days may be lesser than that of Rahul's in just two leisure trips and Sonia's medical trip or her family's foreign trip.
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                                            Purushothaman
                                            Jan 2, 2016 at 9:47 am
                                            Soniaji is not going to delay the the crowning ceremony of Rahul because the present condition of some leaders cannot be predicted. If someone daring openly voice against highcommand it will be uncontrollable. Only a small spark is needed. So we can see the new dynastic president as soon as he comes back after higher education.
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