Rahul Gandhi set to be Congress president before Gujarat polls

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New Delhi—The Congress Working Committee (CWC) on Monday announced the schedule to elect the next party president, paving the way for Rahul Gandhi’s coronation just before the Gujarat elections.

The CWC meeting was chaired by the current party president Sonia Gandhi at her 10 Janpath residence in the morning.

The 47-year-old vice-president of the Congress is set to succeed his mother, Sonia, and is expected to be elected unopposed like she has been for the past 17 years.

The Congress will issue the poll notification on December 1 and if anyone would want to contend for the succession to the party presidency, he/she will have to file nomination papers by December 4.

The party will scrutinise the nominations on December 5 and allow contender(s), if there any, to withdraw the nomination by December 11.

Election, if there are contender(s), would be held on December 16 and results announced on December 19.

The Congress said if there is no other contender for the post, the party would announce Rahul’s candidature on the last date of scrutiny, i.e. December 5.

In October, Sonia had said Rahul Gandhi would be elevated soon.

Sonia Gandhi has been Congress President since 1988, making her the longest-serving chief of the party. She has been unwell in recent years and has scaled back her public engagements, which brought Rahul more to the forefront.

Rahul became the party’s vice-president in January 2013.

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