CWC Meet Soon to Clear Rahul’s Nov El­e­va­tion

Party acts as of­fice-bear­ers seek new chief’s elec­tion with­out de­lay

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - CL.Manoj@ times­

New Delhi: Congress pres­i­dent So­nia Gandhi will soon con­vene a meet­ing of the Congress Work­ing Com­mit­tee which will clear the elec­tion sched­ule for el­e­vat­ing Rahul Gandhi as the new party pres­i­dent next month.

This was de­cided at a meet­ing of AICC of­fice-bear­ers on Mon­day af­ter AICC gen­eral sec­re­taries and party in­charges of some states told Rahul Gandhi that they wanted the elec­tion of new party pres­i­dent to be com­pleted with­out fur­ther de­lay.

The move, in­ci­den­tally, came on a day when the last of state PCCs, Ker­ala, passed a res­o­lu­tion seek­ing Rahul’s el­e­va­tion. “Once the CWC meets, it will take just about 10 days to com­plete the for­mal­ity of elect­ing the new pres­i­dent,” said a func­tionary fa­mil­iar with the process.

ET had re­ported that in an­tic­i­pa­tion of Gandhi’s el­e­va­tion, around Indira Gandhi’s birth cen­te­nary, the AICC has lined up a mega rally at Kar­nataka’s Chik­ma­galur be­tween Novem­ber 19 and 21, to make it Rahul Gandhi’s first ma­jor pub­lic out­ing as Congress pres­i­dent-elect. Once his for­mal elec­tion is done, he will as­sume charge at an AICC ple­nary ses­sion by the yearend. The ten­ta­tive sched­ule would be post Hi­machal polls and ahead of Par­lia­ment ses­sion and when elec­tion cam­paign to Gu­jarat would be at its peak.

Fol­low­ing the party of­fice­bear­ers ex­pres­sion of de­sire, it was de­cided that the party pres­i­dent will be ap­proached soon to con­vene a CWC meet­ing, which is lik- ely to be held next week, if not ear­lier, where the sched­ule of the party pres­i­dent’s elec­tions will be cleared, set­ting in mo­tion the last round of for­mal­i­ties in el­e­vat­ing Rahul Gandhi to suc­ceed So­nia Gandhi who has held the post for 19 years.

“Once CWC clears the elec­tion sched­ule, nom­i­na­tion pa­pers can be filed and in case there is only one can­di­date, his elec­tion can be an­nounced soon af­ter the dead­line for with­drawal of nom­i­na­tion is over,” an AICC gen­eral sec­re­tary told the meet­ing about the ex­pected pro­ceed­ings.

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