Sonia Gandhi likely to quit after Punjab, UP elections

Clearing the air on Rahul Gandhi’s appointment, the sources said: “It certainly doesn’t look like it’ll happen before the elections. Although, the process has been initiated.”

Written by Kanishka Singh | New Delhi | Updated: November 13, 2016 5:33 pm
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Congress president Sonia Gandhi is likely to resign from her position as the party chief after the 2017 Assembly elections in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh. Reliable sources close to the party president said she will step down owing to health reasons. The sources added that she has not been keeping well and wanted to step down much earlier, but members of the party’s old guard wanted her to continue till elections in the two crucial states are done.

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Punjab and Uttar Pradesh will go to polls between February and March after the Union Budget is presented on 1 February 2017. Over the past five years, Congress party’s political presence in the country has steadily decreased and these elections will prove vital for the party’s prospects going forward.

“She (Sonia) is most likely to step down after the election. She is not in favour of completing the full tenure [of her extended 1-year term as party president],” sources told

Clearing the air on Rahul Gandhi’s appointment, the sources said: “It certainly doesn’t look like it’ll happen before the elections. Although, the process has been initiated.”

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has been groomed to take up the mantle from his mother for several years now. Despite the widespread demands in the party’s young workers and Rahul’s core team, the old guard still feels comfortable with Sonia at the helm for these crucial polls.

At a recent Congress Working Committee meeting in Delhi, the CWC members unanimously pitched for Rahul’s inevitable ascendancy for the top post. It is understood that another meeting of the CWC is being planned this month to work out the formalities and fix the date for the change of power.

Party circles are also abuzz with Priyanka Vadra’s formal entry into politics in 2019. “It’s a demand that has been going on for ages. By the way things are developing [in the family and the party], she may fight the 2019 elections from Rae Bareli (Sonia Gandhi’s Lok Sabha constituency).”

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  1. A
    Nov 13, 2016 at 1:21 pm
    Nasty dynasty politics ,when will India be relieved of this curse
  2. M
    Nov 13, 2016 at 12:49 pm
    Black money surgical strike backf-ires and now Sonia GU-NDI hands over presidency of corruption to son RA-O-WL GAAA-NDU
  3. M
    Nov 13, 2016 at 6:53 pm
    Best thing for Sonia to do is to right a book on "G Denise of Congress"! People will be more interested in this then the chanting of "Maut Ka Saidagor"!
  4. V
    Nov 13, 2016 at 12:40 pm
    Fake hi, we people don not care whether you head the Corrupt party or your son heads the Corrupt party. You looted the country to the core using 2G, Coalgate, National Herald, etc., After Modi started taking action against black money, you are trying to escape. Will you ever return the looted wealth from India?
  5. A
    Anand Sudan
    Nov 13, 2016 at 12:03 pm
    By that time, will there be congress in the country?
  6. K
    Nov 13, 2016 at 2:00 pm
    You should be dumb to believe this statement of her quitting the Congress! Unless she joins with the Italian Mafia and gets back to India again to loot. These people have never had to work one day for an honest day's wages, for them scam and ripoff have fed them well, thanks to the dark skinned politicians licking around the light skin. The powerful countries also need such people to loot their own country and feed the international banking systems.
  7. C
    Nov 13, 2016 at 12:58 pm
    Who cares, at the same time please get out of the country and don't forget to leave the loot money here.
  8. D
    Dev Verma
    Nov 13, 2016 at 12:24 pm
    Better hire a gadhaa to replace this women of no use. She is the mother of all scams in india since her inception. She is a real curse bought by hi family. Who cares whether she or her nalayak beta.
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