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.
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.
‘Govt has to accept changes in GST Bill’
New Delhi: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday made it clear that the party would support the constitution amendment Bill to introduce Goods and Services Tax (GST) only if the government accepts the changes proposed by it. Addressing the closed-door national executive meeting of the Youth Congress here, he talked about the victory scored by the Congress in its battle with the government on changes to the land acquisition Act and argued such struggles would continue. He credited the Youth Congress for fighting against amendments to the land Bill on the streets. ENS