Rahul Gandhi’s elevation as Congress president likely after Bihar elections

Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s tenure is to end this year and the decision to delay the election by an year meant giving her one more year in office.

Written by Manoj C G | Lucknow | Published: September 17, 2015 4:46 am
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The elevation of Rahul Gandhi as Congress president could happen after the assembly elections in Bihar, a top Congress functionary said. An AICC session could be convened towards the end of this year during which his elevation could be formalised, said the leader, who is working closely with the Congress vice-president.

Rahul, sources said, is in the final stages of holding group discussions to select a group of “potential leaders”, in other words his new team. He has met around 140 leaders in 20 such round of lengthy interactions. Sources said another half a dozen group discussions are scheduled.

The Congress Working Committee (CWC) had earlier this month authorised the party to extend the deadline for conclusion of internal elections. Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s tenure is to end this year and the decision to delay the election by an year meant giving her one more year in office.

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But sources close to Rahul said the extension was merely “technical” and to fulfill election commission requirements. They said neither the delay in internal elections nor the outcome of the Bihar elections can be linked to his elevation. “Bihar election is not a referendum on Rahul Gandhi’s leadership. I don’t think even a setback in Bihar can be linked to him becoming the president,” the functionary said.

Although Congressmen swore loyalty to the Nehru-Gandhi family, the elevation of Rahul as the Congress president replacing his mother Sonia has been viewed with skepticism by a seection of the party. The other section want him to take over immediately and argue Sonia should slip into the role of a mentor.

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    cg
    Jun 13, 2016 at 3:02 pm
    Congress has been fooling the cadre with on and off rhetoric on Rahul hi.elevation. I do not know whom they are trying to please. Nobody in this country wanted to know about Rahul hi and his pority is already gone for a sixer. He lost every election and Congress should stop fooling people by this Rahul elevation rhetoric and honestly it is quite stale and it will never happen
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      StopNonsenseNow
      Sep 17, 2015 at 7:22 am
      I wish I worked for a company like Congress where you get promoted, got prominence, sycophants, money, 2 months break, all paid foreign trip, national press coverage even while failing, destroying it miserably, being a wrecking ball to those ociated with it, damaging careers and morale of everyone concerned with it in broad daylight. Sadly not a single upcoming, third grade company would ever dream of having such an employee leave alone the Head!!!
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        Richard Verma
        Sep 17, 2015 at 9:44 am
        Pappu will be given a promotion for his forthcoming F grade in Bihar (lucky if he gets 3-4 seats), which makes sense as the Congress has been promoting duffers from Nehru down to Sonia: Nehru was chosen over Jinnah and Patel, both far superior; Indira, a college drop out with no experience, was chosen over all Congress stalwarts; Rajiv's only qualification was as a pilot where he was taken out of turn by Indian Airlines due to his family connection (once I flew IA and half way found out that he was the captain and I was nervous the rest of the way as he was not qualified as a pilot and imagine my nervousness when he became the prime minister); Sonia's only experience was as a waitress for a year and this has apparently qualified her to become Congress president for life, and so Pappu at least is supposedly college p, the first in three generations.
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          Arpit
          Sep 17, 2015 at 8:16 am
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