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Rahul Gandhi to become Congress leader next month

Rahul Gandhi to become Congress leader next month

Virtually signalling the elevation of Rahul Gandhi to the post of Congress president, the party on Monday announced the schedule of its presidential elections in December.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday launched an all-out attack on the government, accusing it of sabotaging the Winter session of Parliament on filmy grounds. In the meeting, held at Sonia Gandhi's residence, the committee passed a resolution and decided the date to be 19th December.

BJP general secretary Bhupender Yadav said in a statement that the Congress president was resorting to "diversionary tactics" fearing defeat in the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls. After Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia and Rahul took over.

The Congress party constitution allows the CWC, with around 2,000 members drawn from various states across the country, to appoint the party president. There's a series of assembly polls next year as well, and putting off the leadership succession would have only invited the charge of Rahul still being reluctant to shoulder the party's responsibilities fully.

And Mr Gandhi has been the face of the Congress campaign in various state-level polls, including in the ongoing Gujarat elections. "NCP supremo Sharad Pawar has also appreciated him", said DMK's TKS Elangovan.

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Having been forced by the Election Commission to complete the process of internal elections, the party will hold elections for the first time in the last seven years.

Rahul made his electoral debut in 2004 Lok Sabha election from Amethi, the family's traditional constituency earlier represented by his uncle Sanjay Gandhi, his father Rajiv, and mother Sonia.

Starting from the jeep scandal in the 1950s, Bofors in the 1980s to the AgustaWestland chopper scam recently, the Congress has "milked" the defence sector to fill the pockets of a select few, he alleged.

The final list of contesting candidates will also be released on the same day. Sources had informed that the Congress was not very keen on having an alliance with NCP after the latter "back-stabbed" the party during Ahmed Patel's Rajya Sabha election. "This vilification is blatant and for all to see", she said.


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