Rahul Gandhi to be elevated as Congress President soon, confirms Sonia Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi has been serving as the party's vice-president since 2013. Sonia Gandhi succeeded Sitaram Kesari as the Congress President in 1998. She is the longest-serving head in the party's 131-year history.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 14, 2017 12:45 am
 Rahul Gandhi, rahul gandhi to become congress president, sonia gandhi, rahul gandhi congress president, sonia gandhi rahul gandhi, india news, indian express Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi addresses a public meeting during his road show at Karjan village in Vadodara on Tuesday. (PTI Photo)

Ending years of speculation, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday confirmed that Rahul Gandhi will soon take over the reins of the grand old party. “Will be done soon,” Sonia was quoted as saying by ANI when asked about Rahul’s elevation as party chief. She confirmed the development at the launch of former President Pranab Mukherjee’s autobiography.

47-year-old Rahul has been serving as the party’s vice-president since 2013. Sonia Gandhi had assumed responsiblity as the Congress President in 1998, succeeding Sitaram Kesari. Having been at the helm of the affairs for 19 years, Sonia is the longest-serving head in the party’s 131-year history.

Over the last few months, a chorus has been building for Rahul to take over as the Congress president. Earlier this month, Rajasthan Congress leader Sachin Pilot had hinted that Rahul might take over the reins of the party after Diwali, insisting that the time had come for the party vice-president to lead from the front.

Earlier in the day, the Uttarakhand Congress had passed a resolution urging Rahul Gandhi to take over as party president.

At present, the Congress is conducting organisational polls, including for the post of president. The Election Commission has given the Congress deadline till December to conclude the exercise. However, the All India Congress Committee is considering to complete the process by the end of this month.

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  1. R
    RAGA-Shall Prove himself Soon
    Oct 15, 2017 at 12:51 pm
    Rahul shall prove his mettle soon..His way of working was belittled by many, but he has a good methodology..his method of selecting candidates etc. His humbility in accepting defeats and the reasoning are aplaudable. The Bhakts have been calling him Baby, PAPPU, DIAPERS wala, Shehzadaetc, HOpe to see them all in state of shock soon. as the SHAH-ZADA crisis will escalate.
    1. R
      Richard Painto
      Oct 14, 2017 at 1:40 pm
      1. C
        Oct 14, 2017 at 4:22 am
        It demonstrates the lack of talent the Congress has. I would have thought that it was an opportune moment for the party to get out of the dynastic rut and hand over executive power to a more experienced member. But at the end what can one expect from a party of sycophants that is content to wallow in its own stagnant cesspool than be bold to confront the Gandhis and say, enough is enough and it's time we start to move.
        1. R
          Oct 14, 2017 at 4:14 am
          So are we all of us fools to see a du.mb a.ss can be a controler of us because he is from a nakli Gandhi family? There is no democracy in their party, how can we expect that India is democratic country? What is he to be elevated? Is he a prince? Just a a.ss don't even know who is his father! Because atleast 4 used to ba.ng his mum in those days. Don't know who made her pre.gnant. I know ine she got killed, one is still active next to her everyday. People say still two more there. So....???
          1. M
            Oct 14, 2017 at 3:59 am
            Advantage Modi. Any other candidate would have defeated BJP in 2019 elections after his 3 years mis-rule.
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