Five years after Rahul Gandhi was made the Congress vice-president, the Congress is all set to elect him as the president of the party.
Senior Congress leader M. Veerappa Moily confirmed the news, saying that the Gandhi scion will be elected through an internal election process, and hinted that he may assume the charge as early as next month.
The Congress Central Election Authority (CEA) has convened an emergency meeting of all pradesh returning officers (PROs) in New Delhi on October 3, where October 10 will be fixed as the deadline for completing election of all PCC and AICC members, who constitute the electoral college for electing the new party president and then the new Congress Working Committee, respectively, according to Economic Times.
Sonia Gandhi, who was the party president for 19 years, will finally step down and is speculated to join the Congress Working Committee (CWC). This is the longest in the Congress’s 132-year-old history.
Elections will be held for 10 of the 21 CWC seats, 10 will be nominated, and the 21st seat will be that of the president.
After being elected the president, Rahul will immediately start the process of picking his candidates for the 2019 elections.
Rahul Gandhi in a seminar in Berkeley last week said that he was ready to take over the mantle of the Congress if the party wants him.
The organisational elections currently under way will be completed, except in the two poll-bound States of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, where the party is focussing on preparing for the elections.